Click to Read a Note from Rev. Joe Colaizzi, Executive Director
As I begin to think about the Thanksgiving season just around the corner, I can’t help but count my blessings. Even in difficult times, I have so much to be thankful for! I’m sure you feel the same.
Thanksgiving also prompts me to remember our neighbors in need … folks like Ricky.
Ricky was living on the street as the fall weather was turning colder, and someone told him Kansas City Rescue Mission had good food and a warm, safe place to sleep. “I came here for a meal, but what caught my attention was how I was treated when I walked in. They treated me like I was the best thing on the earth!”
In his time of need, Ricky began to feel blessed as soon as he walked through the Mission door. From the first welcome … to a family-style meal … to a safe, comfortable bed, he felt accepted and loved.
More than a date on the calendar, blessings are the heart of Thanksgiving — God’s provision, our family and friends, acceptance and love — creating a deep sense of thankfulness in our hearts. And I’ve found that when our grateful hearts are full, all those blessings begin to spill out!
With that in mind, I’m asking you to join me this Thanksgiving season to do something special.
This Thanksgiving, I’m inviting you to pay it forward — here at KCRM, we’re calling it Pay it $4ward! — and help us set a couple more plates at the table for the homeless and poor.
It’s a simple idea. Take a moment to count your blessings … then take another moment to pay those blessings forward.
Your gift of at least $4 will help feed two homeless Kansas Citians this Thanksgiving and make available the compassionate care they desperately need.
Your generosity and compassion will make a big difference right here in our city.
In fact, this Thanksgiving season alone, KCRM will prepare around 9,000 meals for homeless guests in our dining hall and for families in our community who are going through a difficult time.
When you Pay it $4ward with a gift of just $4, you’ve added two more place settings at KCRM’s Thanksgiving table. $20 helps provide a Thanksgiving meal and safe shelter for 10 hungry guests … $40 impacts 20 hungry and homeless individuals!
Please take a moment today to count your blessings and pay them forward. When you do, you’ll become a blessing to someone just like Ricky.
You see, Ricky came for a meal at KCRM, but he got so much more. The hope and Godly guidance he received at KCRM helped him begin rebuilding his life and gave him a new story to tell.
“You know,” he says, “KCRM had rules. You have to blow clean (pass a breathalyzer test) in order to get your bed and a meal. You had to say no to that thing that made you steal from your kids … you set down the crack pipe because you have to be clean if you want that good meal and to sleep in peace.
“I realized if I could give it up for a day so I could stay here … that maybe I could give it up for good. So, you see, I came here for a meal and a bed … and it changed my life!”
That’s what happens when you pay it forward! You help provide a meal, and a life can be changed forever. The gift you make today just might be the beginning of somebody’s new story!
Rev. Joe Colaizzi
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