Service & Outreach News

Food Donations, Other Items Still Needed

December 20th, 2011


12/20/11 Update from Mr. Tolcher on Christmas Eve Dinner serving the homeless:

A week or so ago, we sent out some information regarding an opportunity to feed the VERY needy on Christmas Eve.  As some of you know, last Christmas Eve, the Mercy community and family friends made a huge contribution to a homeless shelter that eventually fed over 500 people and provided Christmas gifts and needed clothing.

We are at it again, and here are the newest details:


·         If all goes well, and people step up, there is the potential to provide close to 700 meals.


·         The original location has been changed. The Gateway Center  has a new staff and things got complicated. We are now at The Garden at 7 Bridges. See event website for info.


·         We are still in need of cooked hams and turkeys, along with large portion side items. There are other needs posted on the website.


·         Please bring any food and other donated items to OLM on the morning of Christmas Eve around 8:30 AM. A Mercy caravan will be leaving Mercy at 9 AM on Saturday, December 24th to take food to the location.


·         There are two, potentially three meals being served:

o    11:30 AM - we are taking individually packaged meals to the streets

o    1:00 PM - a Christmas Eve meal will be served at the location

o    Later, another meal will be taken to the streets if enough food is collected.


Please check the event website for more information, directions, an online volunteer sign-up log, etc. There are lots of volunteers signed up for later in the day, so I’m suggesting that you all look to serve earlier in the day.


It’s a great event, with really good people involved. More importantly, it’s the real deal as far as providing for those who have real needs.


If you can prepare food and perhaps help get it down there, contact Mark Tolcher at

 Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

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