“Mission Thanksgiving” is Annual Fundraiser to Help Abilene’s Poor & Homeless – November 22nd at Arrow Ford
The 15th annual Mission Thanksgiving will take place Friday, November 22nd at Arrow Ford at 4001 South 1st Street in Abilene. Mission Thanksgiving is an annual food, clothing, and monetary fundraiser that aids Love & Care Ministries efforts to help the poor and homeless of the Abilene area.
It’s hard to believe this is the 15th year of Mission Thanksgiving. Seems we just kicked off this event. However, it couldn’t have been successful all these years without your help. So, we’re hoping this is our biggest year yet.
Time to clean out those closets, pantries and spare change cups. This event doesn’t only help out the homeless, but it also helps out the needy in the Big Country. There are many that are going through tough times right now that need a little extra help and this benefits them as well. Financial hardship, cold weather, and the streets aren’t age specific. People of all ages, including elderly and children, need our help.
15th Annual Mission Thanksgiving
Date & Time
- Friday, November 22nd
- Arrow Ford
- 4001 South 1st Street
- Abilene, TX 79605
Here are some items that you can donate:
- Anything that is in good shape that you would like to share.
- Sleeping Bags
- Bottled Water
- Non-perishable Food
- Pop-top cans are very good for the food bags
- A food distribution/transport van
- Thermal Underwear
- Travel size personal hygiene items
- Monetary Donations
Even if you have nothing to donate, you can still help out by participating as a volunteer. Contact Love & Care Ministries for ways you can help.
- Love & Care Ministries
- 233 Fannin Street
- Abilene, TX 79603
- Phone: 325-670-0246 & 325-670-0499
Last year alone, we received 14 semi-trailers full of clothing, non-perishable foods, blankets, sleeping bags, coats, bottled water & drinks, shoes, socks, and hygiene items. In addition, over $140,000 was raised, with over 5,500 vehicles driving through Arrow Ford to donate in just one day. In spite of the overwhelming response, all donations collected for 2012 were distributed within 11 months. This is an incredible gift each year for Love & Care and the homeless and poor of Abilene.
Although there are many agencies in Abilene that work with the disadvantaged, Mission: Thanksgiving’s efforts all go to support Love and Care Ministries. This Non-Profit organization is led by Mark Hewitt, Executive Director and Founder. This organization goes to the streets of Abilene daily, and travels to various areas where homeless people camp to provide food, clothes, and assistance wherever they are needed.
With just 36¢, Love and Care Ministries can create 1 sack lunch. $10 is enough to feed 27 people, and $500 can make 1,388 meals! Even the smallest donations can help make a difference in these people’s lives.
There are an estimated 400+ residential homeless people in Abilene, and about 2,000 more transient homeless travel through Abilene each year. Children make up 20% of these numbers, which do not include the poor who benefit from the food and clothing services. That said, it is obvious just how many people benefit from drives like Mission Thanksgiving.