It’s the time of year when we ask one another, “What are you thankful for?”
For thousands of the less fortunate in Abilene the answer is, Love and Care Ministries.
“I’m not sure how many people we’ve touched. I’m sure it’s up in the thousands, but as long as we’ve touched one it’s worth that to me,” said Mark Hewitt, who started the ministry close to 20 years ago.
But it’s not just one person. Everyday Love and Care Ministries gives countless people food, clothing , in some cases medical and dental care, and other assistance.
“Just this morning looking outside and it's wrapped from the front door all the way to the side of the building and that’s just homeless people needing help,” said Hewitt.
But they also help the indigent who travel through town and the poor. Mark knew it would take the whole community to continue their mission of giving to those in need. That was the beginning of Mission Thanksgiving: an all day donation drive to collect food, clothes, blankets, and money. That was 15 years ago.
“We’re feeding more people than we’ve ever fed. One of the things we’re striving for this year is meat. If people can go to the grocery store and just buy us a package of meat and bring it to us when they bring food and clothing, that would really help,” said Mark.
“Something that people don’t think a lot of is underwear and socks. That’s something very serious to people. We change everyday and some of them don’t and some of them can’t.”
They’re also almost out of blankets, and children's shoes. They need feminine hygiene products, toboggans, warm scarves, gloves, men's jeans, and sadly diapers... because poverty knows no age.
“People ask 'How do you not take this home with you?’ I think there’s times when you do take it home but you just don’t tell your wife, you don’t tell your family everything because you can’t help everybody. You help as many as you can.”
Mission Thanksgiving is Friday, November 22at Arrow Ford on South First Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
The items they need most: socks, underwear, feminine hygiene products, coats of all sizes, men’s jean, shoes of all sizes, especially children’s, and meat. For a full list of everything they need CLICK HERE.
To check out the Mission Thanksgiving website, CLICK HERE.