A Big Thank You to all who donated in 2016!!!
The Hope Behind The Boxes of Hope
By Sharon Shock
This program has been a great outreach for our community! Each year, Day One has the privilege of sharing and showing the love of Jesus. A growing issue within the community, many children are being brought up by single parents, in blended families, or by grandparents.
One family helped by Day One last year was a grandmother and grandfather whose daughter and son-in-law were incarcerated two weeks before Christmas. Grandma called Day One, devastated. “The county gave me custody of my grandchildren, and I don’t have anything for them for Christmas.” I learned their income was practically nil, and their health was very poor.
As I knocked on their door to deliver food and toys for Christmas, I noticed a wheel chair and walker on the porch. The grandfather took a very long time to get to the door. When he answered, he could barely see. I explained to him we were there to help. He was so surprised, he started to thank me over and over again! He said, “I just didn’t know how I was going to help these kids when both of us could barely walk.”
"THE CHRISTMAS BOX OF HOPE," has become a very needed ministry in Blair County. There was one woman who showed up here at Day One for Christmas help for her children. I asked her how things were going? She said, "Horrible! My father died and left me his house, and I lost it because I couldn't afford to keep it."
I asked where she was living to which she replied, "a small motel." I asked her how long ago her father died. She said, "this past year" and started to tear up. I asked her if she was a Christian. She replied, "I heard about Jesus all my life but that's about it." She continued, "I know my Dad is in heaven. He knew Jesus and served in the church all his life."
I responded, "Do you want to be with your father some day?" She started to cry again and said, "yes". I shared the gospel and she surrendered her life to Christ that day. She also said, "I am going home to share the real meaning of Christmas with my kids." In the end not only did she leave woith several boxes of food and toys for her children, but also with the reassurance of Jesus in her heart.
Help us make a difference...
Day One will begin collecting non-perishables, canned goods & new toys in December to be handed out Christmas 2017! Mark your calendars to be a part of this very special ministry!
Day One would be glad to give your church or organization a box to set out for your group to fill. You are welcome to drop the box off here at the Day One office. Day One is also accepting financial donations and/or gift cards.