Greetings, Dear Mission of Hope Friends;
Wow! Where did the summer go! Hey, where has the year gone?!
Well it’s now time for the Mission of Hope to begin plans for this year’s Christmas Collection & Distribution. And this year we will be assisting more children and their families than ever before…around 17,500. We have already mailed the Christmas Delivery confirmation letters to the 27 rural Schools we’re going to. And it’s a very special and exciting day at the schools when the Principal’s open and read their letters. It’s also a clear reminder to all of us here at The Hope that they need our help. And we’ll be there.
We really do need your help this year. We have a serious need for some key Volunteer Leaders who can serve as Coordinators & Supervisors. We also need other volunteers that can come and help in a variety of ways. Each year, we have key Volunteers that can’t return to help for a variety of reasons. And in some cases, God has called them Home since our Christmas Program last year. So we always have a need for NEW Friends. Could we humbly appeal to you to pray about whether you might be able to “Step Up For The Hope” during our upcoming Christmas Drive Program this year.
We also have a NEW idea for you to consider as well. Our needs are growing more and more each year as we attempt to serve more and more children and families. So here’s a thought. Could you possibly help us collect a little earlier this year? Maybe your church, company, civic group, or other could have a NEW Toy, NEW Clothes, or Canned Food Drive for the Mission of Hope in upcoming weeks. It would help us get a much needed “Jump Ahead” of all we have to do to be ready to deliver Christmas to all of those we will serve in December. Please remember, whatever amount you collect will be AWESOME with us!
If you would like to get more information about Volunteer Opportunities and also learn how you might help us here at the Mission of Hope, please call the MOH Office at 865-584-7571 and speak with either Shirley Plant, Diane Webster, or myself.
Thanks for your friendship and support…and for all you do to help us extend True HOPE.
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director – Mission of Hope