Month: October 2014

Coat giveaway was a huge success!


What a day it was! we had 30 plus people lined up to register before we were even ready to start.The first picture is of people waiting to get coats. The second pictureis of a family that were happy to get warm winter coats.

We went until 8 pm, so we had flood lights setup for the 4 coat racks we had outside with men’s coats on (3rd picture). The last hour was mostly guys who had just gotten off of work.

Greatest news…we gave away 470 coats yesterday. Compare that to the 90 we gave away a year ago. What a difference a year makes!

We had great volunteer help. anywhere from 6 to 12 depending on the time of day.

We are totally out of XL and larger coats. We have a few large, but they are lighter coats, really fall jackets.  We also only have a few kids coats left.

We are sending out a call for more coats, mens and kids!

We are blessed to be here and help these people who are in need.

Thank you to all who have prayed for us, given coats and other thrift items and have volunteered with your time. We cannot do it alone…and we know it!

God Bless you all!

Jim and Kathie

Getting ready for October 23rd coat giveaway.



Had a big sort of coats, hoodies, blankets, towels and other thrift items in Bismark on Saturday at Legacy church. We had 16 to 18 volunteers help sort all the items we had in storage there from the UMC Annual Conference this past June.

We are working hard to get ready for our fall coat giveaway which is set for October 23rd from 2 to 8 pm. at the east end of the Cashwise parking lot. We will have over 200 coats on hand for men, women and kids.

We will also be having a cap, gloves and kids boots giveaway shortly afterward. Please watch for posts concerning this event.

You can also keep tabs on us through our Fb page, Oil Rush Ministry.

We have been blessed to hand out over 7,000 items  in the past 11 months. Everything from coats to heaters, to bedding to kitchen appliances, snow pants, caps, gloves, pots, pans, dishes, silverware and everything in between….even toothbrushes and water bottles.

Thank you to all who have supported us with donated items, prayer, volunteer help and monetary donations.

We could not do what we do without your support. God Bless you all!


Jim and Kathie