The 12 Gifts of Christmas: Day One

We’ve made our Christmas wish list and we’ve checked it twice and now we’re sharing it with you in the hopes that you can share it with others too!

From now until Christmas we’ll randomly post 12 different gift ideas that you, your family, church, friends, co-workers, civic club, and scout troop can help us get to make 2019 another stellar year. And if you are considering having a food drive many items on this list are a good starter for donated items for your drive!

The 12 Gifts of Christmas are things that we need all throughout the year so you can always keep this list and reference it as the seasons change in 2019.

So lets, get our 2018 Christmas list started…

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There’s no better way to start our Christmas list than the way most of us start our day – with coffee! We have a lot of overnight guests and a lot of people eating their meals with us so you can only imagine how much coffee we go through each year as we feed thousands of people. So we are always desperately in need of coffee and powdered creamer. Any bit of coffee helps so pick up your favorite or grab one that’s on sale; we’ll use it and our guests will enjoy it no matter what!

To donate just stop by our office Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. If you’re unable to drop it off during those hours please give us a call at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Any gift donation, big or small, is always welcomed and important to the continued success of this ministry. We appreciate any support from the community. But the most impactful thing is to share this with as many people as you can! We’ll be posting each of the 12 Gifts of Christmas on our Facebook page so you can always spread the holiday cheer through our social media pages. If you don’t follow us on Facebook just go to http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown.

 

Day To Serve Prompts Local Food Drive

Americans are probably the most generous group of people on earth. This is being said without any actual statistics or facts to back it up but we’re just going on a hunch that we’re right about that claim.

But getting people to give or give back is not always easy since Americans are also probably the busiest group of people on earth. Getting involved and helping in the community is high on most people’s “must do” list but often times it is difficult because of all the demands of daily living. And that’s why the Governor created the Day To Serve.

The Day To Serve is an annual program to encourage volunteerism in the State of Maryland. The Governor of Maryland established this day andgo asked Marylanders to get involved in their communities between September 10th and October 10th.

dsc_0074A group of Maryland state employees consisting of Roberta Barkley, Barbara Allen, Amy Miller and Tracy Leb decided to host a food drive at a local grocery store. After contacting several stores, Save-A-Lot allowed the ladies to set up their food drive in front of their store. So on September 23rd, these woman hosted a food drive to benefit The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission at the Save-A-Lot store in the South End Shopping Center.

This was the first food drive that they’ve hosted and were very pleased with the amount of food given and support from the community in helping others. In fact, the ladies were able to collect 350 pounds of food for The Hope Center pantry! Roberta, the food drive organizer, chose The Hope Center because she said she liked knowing exactly where the donation would be going and who it would be helping.

At The Hope Center, we feed thousands upon thousands of people a year. We don’t just feed the men who are in our residential rehabilitation program. We feed the homeless. We feed families. We feed anyone who needs a meal. Whether it’s a hot meal served at our daily Soup Line or it’s a bag of groceries given to a needy family, our kitchen and pantry is constantly busy making sure no one in our community misses a meal.

But with all the food that we serve or give out, our panty is in constant need of replenishment. And that’s why food drives like the one that Roberta, Barbara, Amy & Tracy hosted are so important to us at The Hope Center. Food can get costly and feeding thousands could easily break the budget but the generous support of people in our community helps to make sure that we can continue to feed and help people without costing them a cent or using tax money.

In addition to asking for food donations, Roberta contacted local dentist offices asking for donations of toothbrushes and paste. Two generous offices, Robinwood Dental Center & Dr. Toothman’s, gave the toothbrushes and toothpaste for the food drive. Personal care items such as toothpaste, brushes, deodorant and soaps are very important too as we give these items to our residents, overnight homeless guests and anyone who may need them. As simple as these items may seem, they can quickly help restore a persons value.

We want to give a huge thank you to Roberta, Barbara, Amy & Tracy for putting together this food drive and taking time out of their busy schedules to get the community involved in helping others. And we want to thank the Save-A-Lot store for allowing these ladies to host their food drive at that location. Another big thank you to Robinwood Dental & Dr. Toothman for donating the toothbrushes & paste for our guests.

Have you been inspired to host a food drive? Maybe you just want to get your family involved with giving food. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help feed your neighbors in Hagerstown then call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Please consider frequenting these generous local businesses:

  • Robinwood Dental Center is located at 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Suite 148 in Hagerstown. Learn more about their services at http://www.robinwooddentalcenter.com.
  • Toothman Orthodontics is located at 81 N. Edgewood Dr in Hagerstown and 5100 Buckeystown Pike Suite 196 in Frederick. Go to http://www.toothmanorthodontics.com to learn more about their services.
  • Save-A-Lot store is located at 1161 Maryland Ave in Hagerstown. If you’re unfamiliar with Save-A-Lot stores then visit their website at http://www.save-a-lot.com

 

 

 

 

Antrim BIC Food Drive is a Christmas Blessing!

‘Tis the season to be thankful and we definitely are thankful for the generosity of the congregation from Antrim Brethren in Christ Church just north of Greencastle, PA.

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The church recently held a food drive for The Hope Center and they supplied our pantry with a huge selection of food.

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There was so much food that we totally filled a cargo van!

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The food donated will be used to help feed our residents, SoupLine guests, overnight guests and fill many food bags for needy families in the area.

As food continues to rise in cost, we cannot stress enough how thankful we are to be supported by so many wonderful churches, civic groups, businesses and friends.

Each year we feed thousands of men, women & children through our various food programs. Generous food donations and food drives, like Antrim BIC, help us to keep our food costs down while still providing the necessary services to neighbors in need.

If you would like to donate food or sponsor a food drive, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net to learn more.

If you’re looking for a church in to attend, check out Antrim Brethren in Christ Church. Go to www.antrimbic.org to learn more about the church including service times and ways to get involved.

It’s Food Drive Season!

Pumpkins, corn mazes, crisp nights and football weekends – it’s harvest time!

This year as you celebrate the change of seasons with countless activities with your family & friends, maybe you could consider adding a food drive for The Hope Center to your list of seasonal activities!

Food drives are a great way of getting so many different types of people involved in the community. You can organize a food drive at a school, church, civic club, after-school club, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts troops or your workplace.

It’s an easy way of helping those who are hungry. The food that is donated from food drives goes to our pantry. It’s used for food bags for families & individuals in need and for our meals each day that are prepared for residents & guests.

By donating food, you’re helping to cut the cost of our food budget which allows us to use the money in other ways to help the community.

If you’re interested in hosting a food drive but need help planning or are just totally unsure about how to begin the process then please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

If you are a pro at food drives and would like to host one, please do! Below is a list of items desperately needed for our pantry. If you have any questions about items listed below or about foods not listed, please contact our offices so we can give you the best information.

Items Needed:

  • White rice
  • 15-16 oz jars of peanut butter
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar
  • #10 Cans of green beans, peas and corn
  • Cold cereal (not kids’ cereal)
  • Quick oats
  • Tomato products (diced, whole, stewed, sauce or paste)
  • Coffee
  • Creamer

If you are planning a food drive or just swinging by the store to pick up some items to donate, please drop them off at our offices during regular business hours, M-F 8:30am-5pm. If you are unable to do so during business hours, please call us or email us so that we can schedule a time to receive your donations.

Thanks to everyone in the community who helps to keep our doors open and our pantry stocked!