Celebrate National Coffee Day!

Coffee is probably the most important part of everyone’s breakfast routine. We all need a good cup of joe to jolt the brain awake and prepare us for the stresses and happiness of each new day.

coffee2On September 29th, America is celebrating our most beloved hot beverage! Stores and businesses across the country are offering free cups of coffee or special coupons to celebrate the day.

A coffee lover comes in many different shapes & sizes. We hail from the Northeast to the Southwest and even places like Alaska & Hawaii. Coffee lovers come from all social backgrounds and are all ages. Pretty much, everyone is a coffee lover.

As you enjoy your morning brew or celebrate with an afternoon latte, remember that not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a hot cup of coffee each day. There are people who have fallen on hard times and don’t have the resources to drink a cup of coffee each day.

Join us in helping to restore hope to these people by starting with a cup of coffee. It may sound silly, but a cup of joe can help break down barriers and be the first step to building a relationship that could change a life forever!

At The Hope Center, we go through a lot of coffee. From our residents, to our transient guests, to our daily meal guests, to our weekly Koffee Klatch ladies group, there is a lot of coffee consumed. And all that coffee consumption can quickly add up.

Our pantry runs low on essentials, like coffee & sugar, quite often. So why not help celebrate National Coffee Day by grabbing a cup for yourself and a container of coffee for those in need?

This weekend as you go to your favorite grocery store, pick up an extra can or jug of coffee for The Hope Center. Something as small as a can of coffee can go along way. By supplying us with coffee, you allow us to use our resources for other programs & ministries to help reach people in need for Christ.

Money that would be spent purchasing coffee & sugar can go towards helping men break from their addictions that have destroyed their lives. This money can go towards providing comfortable beds and warm blankets for the homeless during the cold winter months. There are so many ways that your coffee donation can actually help make a difference in our city.

But the most important way that your coffee donation can make a difference is that someone who feels lost, desperate and alone knows that there are caring, loving people in this world and there is a great, loving and compassionate God who wants the best for them.

Restoring hope and changing lives is too big for humans. It’s a God-sized task. He just asks that we show His love so He can rescue lives.

And love can come in all forms, even a cup of coffee.

If you would like to donate coffee or get involved on a regular basis at The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

To drop off coffee & sugar donations, please stop by our Administrative Office, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. If you need to arrange another time, please call us at 301.739.1165.

If your church, Sunday School class, youth group, civic organization, Boy/Girl Scout troop, business or any other group would like to host a Coffee & Sugar Drive, please contact us for details. This is a wonderful way for the community to pull together to help make a difference.

Thank you for caring & sharing! Your support helps tremendously!

For more info on The Hope Center, please go to www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Eagle Scout Helps Out!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it plenty of times more…we love our friends and neighbors that help us reach this community. From volunteers that help paint buildings to those that feed the hungry and others that help with our camp to donors that give their gently used clothes, housewares, furniture to people that give bags of food and financial donations, we rely heavily on the generous support of the kind-hearted people that live in this area.

And because of all the support that we get, both financially and in-kind gifts, we are able to reach those in need without taking any money from the government! This ministry is totally sponsored by caring people recognizing the need to help those less fortunate. And we thank each and every one of you for your support!

We especially love when young people get involved with helping others. Its nice to see the younger generation recognizing a need and getting involved to help meet those needs.

On Saturday, December 10th, a young man from Mercersburg, PA dropped off a ton of bags of clothes and boxes of food to the Hope Center.

Sonny Shank, Executive Director, with Chris Fritz of Mercersburg Academy

Chris Fritz, a 16 year old student at Mercersburg Academy, brought some of his family members to help him unload a pick-up truck full of donated items. As a part of an Eagle Scout project, Chris had a clothing and food drive from November 6th – December 6th. He had drop points in Maugansville, Hagerstown and at Mercersburg Academy. He was able to get his community involved in giving to others. While he could have chosen other projects in the area, we are extremely thankful that he chose to give to the Hope Center.

His donation, along with the many donations that we receive each day, go to help the homeless or individuals and families that are in desperate need. Food donated will be used in our kitchen that serves 5 meals a day or in food bags and boxes that are handed out to anyone in need of some assistance. The clothing and other in-kind items donated are either placed in our Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & downtown Chambersburg) or used to give to people in urgent need of specific items.

Again, we appreciate kind people like Chris and all the others that help us keep our doors open, lights on and our pantry stocked! As our economy continues to be shaky, there are many people that need a little help to make it through the tough times. It’s because of people like you that help us remind people that God cares for them and no matter what they are going through at this moment, there is always hope!