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Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week

"Getting up at 5am is never easy, especially on the weekend.  Those are the days that I actually get to sleep in because there is no school. But as a member of this family, the Brown family, I am willing to make a sacrifice in order to volunteer.  We were up early to serve the… Continue reading Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week

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Empowering Children To Change the World

A few weeks ago, our youngest daughter came to us with an idea.  An idea that centered around others, specifically those that are homeless and in shelters.  A population that MaKenna (age 12) has learned about, spent time with, and helped over the last couple of years.  Those encounters and experiences have lit a passion… Continue reading Empowering Children To Change the World

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Lending A Hand Through A New Store

The Franciscan Center has been lending a hand to its neighbors for more than twenty years. Those in our community who are less fortunate are served through programs like food pantries, sack lunch deliveries, and a medicine cabinet.  In fact, the organization serves more than 100,000 people in our area every year.  We were first… Continue reading Lending A Hand Through A New Store

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Strengthening Churches and Nonprofits

We are blessed to have a large number of nonprofit and faith-based organizations that address the needs of our community.  These groups work tirelessly to clothe the poor, feed the hungry, mentor the young, and support the old.  They provide goods and services that are critical to the success, and survival, of so many of… Continue reading Strengthening Churches and Nonprofits

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Share the Warmth of a Coat

Winter brings rosy red cheeks, fluffy white snow, and frigid cold temperatures.  Many of us put on our hats, our gloves, and our big warm coats and we go about business.  The winter cold does not break our stride.  For others in our community it is a completely different story.  They lack the warm clothing… Continue reading Share the Warmth of a Coat

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Day 20: Book Donation

As a community, we must get books into the hands of children.  Especially children who live in poverty.  Children in families that live below the poverty line are less likely to read at home and less likely to be read to by an adult.  Limited resources keep these families from building a library of book… Continue reading Day 20: Book Donation

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Day 17: Care Packages

Day 17 of our 25 Days of Giving was all about the homeless.  We spent the evening walking the streets of the city with backpacks loaded with snacks, drink packets, and hand/foot warmers.  For two hours, we delivered the care packages to the locations these individuals call "home".  We were in the park, in the… Continue reading Day 17: Care Packages

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Day 7: Food Donation

It is hard to believe that the first week of our 25 Days of Giving has come to an end.  It has been a great week of giving, helping others, learning lessons, and self-fulfillment.  It has also been nice to see that people from all over the country have accepted the challenge to make this… Continue reading Day 7: Food Donation

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People Make Organizations Special

Week after week, our journey of giving takes us down a new road.  An unknown path of emotion, inspiration, and reality.  Each week is unique, but each week is the same.  We witness great organizations serving the people of our community with a gentle hand, a caring heart, and a loving soul.  Each non-profit has… Continue reading People Make Organizations Special

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We are not Saints, We just like to Help

Our very first volunteer experience came on the streets of Fort Wayne.  Erica and I donned backpacks and hit the streets to serve the homeless of our city.  The experience catapulted Impact 52 into action and led to a year of giving and life-changing lessons.  I remember that night very well.  I was anxious and… Continue reading We are not Saints, We just like to Help