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My husband and 11 month-old baby hiked up the stairs of the hotel to find the room number given to us. We had just run into volunteers who said that people did not take their boxes because they had food stamps and they wanted someone more needy to get the food.

My husband and I were disappointed because we had gone to Publix and bought fresh fruit and chocolate to give in addition to the box of dry goods, and we prayed that the person would need and appreciate the food.

We got to the room and a young woman (early twenties) opened the door.

She was so grateful. I could tell she was anxious and in need – not only for food but for emotional support, so my husband and I took her hand and prayed with her. We gave her our phone number and invited her (and her boyfriend) to church. We told her if she came to call us and we would meet her and sit with her.

We continue to pray for her and her boyfriend (who wasn’t there when we arrived) . We pray that she will call. My husband and I felt the Holy Spirit as we left, and we were filled with joy. We are so grateful for the opportunity to love people through this project.

Thank you.

-mdt9000 (delivered a box of groceries on March 20)


I have been “Loving Orlando” on a small scale this year.

It was sparked by something the pastor said from the pulpit about a lady making homeless hygiene kits.  I used to make them for my life group about 10 years ago (right after leaving NOBTS Seminary- that’s where I got the idea) until it just seemed the people lost interest.  When I heard about her story, I started creating them again for my Life Group.

So far this year, I have created about 200 of them.  I wanted the word of God to go with them, so at first, I was including a tract.  Then, someone offered me a few Gideon Bibles.  When those ran out (and I couldn’t get any more), I went to American Bible Society and bought a box of 50 (for $55).

The pastor wanted all of us to have a goal of giving out a bible to someone.  In those kits, my friends and I will have passed out 75 bibles and the number is still growing.

The homeless hygiene kits include a bible, soap (from Clean the World), washcloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, peanut butter crackers, gum, and a comb.  All this is packed into a (preferably) quart sized bag.

Someone came up to me and told me they needed 300 of them at Christmas time for one of the shelters in Orlando!  I can’t make 300 of them financially ($900 at once), so I told them that wasn’t possible. But every day, I can make a small difference.

There is a guy in my life group who was reluctant to take one in the group that passed one out and the person receiving it enthusiastically said, “Thank You MAN!  I needed this!  God Bless you Man!”

I am currently in Macon and the Cherry Blossom Festival is going on.  I think my mom and I are going to create some for Macon’s homeless (She has Gideon bibles on-hand). My goal for giving to this campaign is large for my income (very large).  Could you pray for God to provide it in amazing ways?

-Anonymous


I received a box of food from a member from your church who stopped by my room. I am writing to you to express my heartfelt thanks, as I write this I struggle to hold back the tears.

You see, I had a business for many years that my former partner did some underhanded things. I had it all: 2 Mercedes, a Porsche, million dollar home, beautiful wife and daughter, 3 wonderful pets… the American Dream… gone in the blink of an eye (actually within a few months). My wife and I are working on getting back together (she is in the Keys working and renting a room with my daughter and I love them both so much). I am at “Home Suite Home” in Kissimmee, and I am grateful for everything. I will survive!

Enough of my story, your organization and your loving members need to know that their kind efforts are so appreciated, beyond what words my heart feels but my lips cannot express I thank you. I wish to extend to you and all of those wonderful families who sacrificed their time, energy, and money to help and, I say this on behalf of all who are here, May God bless you all!

-Glen (received a box of groceries on March 20)