Below are several ways we were able to help families in need. Please feel free to print these stories and share them as prayer requests during worship.
This month we have been working in conjunction with Toy Express to identify low-income families in need of help during the Christmas season. Toy Express is a not-for-profit organization that collects new toys from the community and distributes them to the families we have identified. Families are also referred by Hinsdale Community Service and Headstart. We also collect toys at our LOVE office brought in by our volunteers. In addition, several of our volunteers also donate their time at the Toy Express storefront location in Westmont. This is a very heartwarming experience for all involved.
Another one of our feel good missions is our Bible ministry. We were given a generous donation of 300 Bibles from Tyndale House Publishers in Wheaton. As part of our intake process with callers, we ask them if they are in need of a Bible. If they say yes, one of our volunteers will deliver the Bible to them in person. This ministry was started years ago by a long time volunteer, Bert Vandemar.
During this season of hope and goodwill, we at LOVE are very grateful for all the support we have received throughout the year from generous people like you. It is good to know that we can count on your support to continue to serve the needy in DuPage County.
We recently received a very touching thank you note from someone we helped in the early part of 2014. She wrote, “I can’t say thank you enough for tangibly showing me the Love of God. I have never fallen on hard times before. Because of people like you, I got back on my feet and even started a business this summer. Thank you so much!” It is notes like this that make our work here at LOVE all the more enjoyable. To know that our help got someone back on their feet and productive again is very rewarding. At the same time, it reaffirms our faith in God.
Another note we received was simply stated, but was just as appreciated. A young man we helped with rent wrote, “Thank you again for all your help. I don’t know what I would have done without it. I’m grateful.” Again, reaffirmation for our work here and our belief in God.