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

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Becky Sue and Hello Sarah!

Goodbye Becky Sue

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We hate to see Becky Sue leave, but we are so thankful for all the years of service and everything that she has done to help further this ministry and reach people for Christ!

Becky Sue started working part time at The Hope Center in 1999 doing data entry. After doing that for a few years our receptionist left and Becky Sue went full time to work both positions for us.

Then in 2006, Becky Sue and her husband, Terry, welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives. It was at that time that Becky Sue made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom.

In the fall of 2008, after being offered a chance to come back part time, Becky Sue returned on a limited basis to help with our data entry. After a couple years she also started helping in our food pantry by helping to get it organized and making food bags for our food bank ministry.

Earlier this spring, Becky Sue made an important decision to move on from The Hope Center to help her husband as he begins his own farm mechanic business. Becky Sue will use her organizational skills as the bookkeeper for his new venture.

Even though she is leaving The Hope Center to work elsewhere, Becky Sue is planning to continue working in our food pantry and volunteering in other ways at The Hope Center.

We loved having Becky Sue in our office! She was always full of fun stories, loved to laugh and made some delicious blueberry buckle!

Becky Sue says that, “working at The Hope Center has truly been a blessing in my life. When I first started working in 1999, I just considered it another job. But when I came back in 2008 after the birth of my daughter, I came back because of the ministry. My faith has grown immensely over the last several years and I have learned that nothing is more important than serving others for our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful to The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission for giving me the opportunity to serve in the ways that I have been able to do so. I am also very thankful to the entire Resh family who took me and my family in and always made us feel like we were a part of their own family.”

We are excited for Becky Sue & Terry as they move forward with God’s plan for their life. It was probably not an easy decision for either of them to venture out and start a new business but we know that they will keep God in the center of everything and continue doing things for His glory. We wish Becky Sue the best as she helps to build this business with her husband and as she has more opportunities to raise her daughter in the Lord.

Thank you, Becky Sue, for all you’ve done to help reach the least, the last, and the lost for Christ!

Welcome Sarah!

Becky Sue & Sarah

As Becky Sue began working out her notice, we began the hard task of finding someone to replace her.

God was looking out for His ministry and provided another bright, friendly face to our office.

Sarah joined our team and was able to be trained by Becky Sue before she left.

Sarah is originally from Moscow, Pennsylvania. She has an older sister and a large extended family that she enjoys getting together with.

At the age of seventeen, Sarah gave her life to Christ at a Word of Life camp. Sarah is the wife of Ron Faith, pastor at Evangel Baptist Church in Hagerstown. In addition to working at The Hope Center and helping in various ways at Evangel, Sarah is the mother of two beautiful children.

Sarah says that she is so blessed that God opened the door for her to work at The Hope Center and she says she’s enjoyed every minute of it!

We are so happy to welcome Sarah to our ministry team! We look forward to years of partnering together to help bring hope to Hagerstown.

If you would like to join The Hope Center ministry team as a volunteer, just call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. To learn more about volunteering at The Hope Center and all the various ways you could get involved, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.