Kathie and I are working on a report for the UMC conference that we represent.
Thought you might like to see a few totals of the items we’ve been able to help people with since we opened up the Mobile Free Thrift Center in November…here goes!!
Coats – 224 Blankets – 158 Gloves/mittens – 138 pair Hooded sweatshirts – 105 Caps – 97 Heaters -27 Warm socks – 149 pair. Snowpants – 60 Towels – 139 8 each of the following coffee makers, crock pots, toasters. In addition, we gave away numbers of kitchen essentials, frying pans, silverware, dishes, and saucepots. Many other items of clothing too numerous to mention were also given to families.
What an amazing effort by so many people to make this happen. The people that donated to buy the pickup and camper, the people who have faithfully donated items to us these last 4 months and to all those who have helped us by moving, sorting and helping us find the things people were looking for in our trailer.
To all of you…Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and may God bless you all!
Pictured here is Kathie helping Amanda and her son find warm coats for the rest of the winter. Mission accomplished! The second photo is information we keep out on a table to help people with spiritual needs as well. New Testaments, devotionals and a flyer that tells people why we do what we do and how to contact us for future needs.
Thanks to Kathy, Kylie and our District Superintendent, Keith Nelson who helped us meet the needs of the families that came as well as pack up all the tables of jeans and coats left over when we were done for the day. Many hands make light work!
Kathy, two gals who came looking for help, Beth and Kathie on the right end.
Kathy, Beth, and Kathie were the helpers who were able to help 21 different families meet needs in their household this last week.
We helped with coats, boots, caps, gloves, blankets, heaters, sweaters, shoes, pants, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, towels, bedding…the list goes on.
The good news is that we had the goods to help these families. In addition to us helping others, a number of people stopped by to donate to us. They donated more goods for our mobile free thrift center and also over $800 in cash donations.
Our hearts are full of gratitude for God’s goodness, the people of this area and those from a distance that have reached out to help us.
Today we received a box that contained 15 brand new hooded sweatshirts, a item we are constantly running out of. Thank you folks from the bottom of our heart!
We will have the mobile free thrift center open from noon to 6 pm. thursday Feb. 13th at the First Presbyterian church 3 1/2 blocks east of Carquest on 4th Ave.
We will have the mobile center as well as 8 or 9 tables inside of the church with lots of winter wear, coats, sweaters, flannel shirts, bedding, and, as they say…much, much more. If you are in need of anything or know someone who does, please pass on the word.
Special thanks to all who have donated items and have helped sort making this effort possible.
Tuesday we set up at the food pantry site again. We were very busy. We helped 15 family units and 11 of them were visiting us for the first time. This isn’t all inclusive but here is an idea of what we helped families with. Coats-12, snowpants/coveralls-5, blankets-18, heaters-7, pillows-7, hooded sweatshirts-17, plus gloves, hats, crockpots, toasters, coffee pots, dishes, pots, pans, silverware, sweaters, warms socks etc.
Folks, think of the difference we are making for these families trying to get established up here in the Bakken. Folks have been and are being so generous to supply us with the goods to help these people. God bless you!
Today, we picked up a whole pickup load of thrift items collected by two churches in Beulah, and Hazen ND.
I received a email tonight from a friend who has been helping us all along saying he was shipping us 15 new hooded sweatshirts to help with our need for more.
God is so good and we are blessed to see the looks on the faces of the folks receiving the help and to hear their heartfelt “thank you’s” really warms our hearts. We wish you could hear them too.
Just a quick tally Kathie and I did tonight reveals that we have helped 81 to 85 family units so far in addition to the 90 coats we gave away in November. Folks, together we are making a difference!
The Mobile free thrift center will be open tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm at the First Lutheran church in Watford City ND.
If you are in need of warm winter wear; coats, boots, caps, blankets, bedding, towels, heaters, warm socks, small kitchen appliances, dishes, etc. please come see us. If you know of someone in need please tell them about us. We are here in Watford City to help those in need and lessen their burden. All items are free.