Yes, inflation hit a 40-year high in 2022 and working families, including single-parent families in need, were left with the dilemma of putting gas in the car or putting food on the table or all together foregoing school activities and events. Coming out of the global pandemic into a national economic crisis was challenging to the average American family, to say the least.
Yet, Another Chance Outreach Ministries, Inc. (ACOM) was more determined than ever to find a way to bring some hope in the hearts of parents who so desperately wanted to put something under the Christmas tree for their children (or child). This was the seventh year of sponsoring the annual Season of HOPE event. “This year we could not have done it without some generous donors and contributors,” said Irving White, CEO of ACOM.
“The Season of HOPE event is our largest community outreach giveaway of the year, though we sponsor several throughout the year (Haircuts for the HOMELESS, We CARE, Operation Starting Over, and “We CARE Wednesda’s”). We also partner with other community organizations during their community giveaways which provide resources and services to the homeless community and Families in Need ( Kelly’s Clean and Shine Feed the Homeless-Dec. 3, Liberty County Manna House Christmas Meal Giveaway Dec. 23, Safe Haven Life Center Reentry Housing We CARE Fellowship-Dec. 24).”
The coordinating efforts for sponsoring a Season of HOPE event starts at the end of the previous year. As we followed our annual blueprint for Season of HOPE to be a blessing to families in need, which is always our driving force. We would like to thank the following Hinesville businesses, Crown and Glory Beauty Salon, the Recovery Place, and AP Scoota Car Detailing for allowing us to place our donation gifts boxes once again in their place of business. Because of these businesses and individual donors, ACOM was more than able to provide three gifts per family member.
In addition to the Season of HOPE registered families, we received a list of families from the Liberty County School System and program participants of the Recovery Place. We also distributed 50-plus food baskets (courtesy of the Liberty County Manna House), personal hygiene kits, wash clothes/towels, throw blankets, household items, and seasonal men’s/women’s clothing.
We would to also thank the many volunteers who came out to assist Season of HOPE 2022. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Bishop AD and Lady Quamea Shaw and the Full Gospel Tabernacle COGIC family for allowing ACOM to host Season of HOPE 2022 at their church (again this year). Thank you Hinesville Board of Realtors and Walmart (Statesboro) for providing the school uniforms (which were donated to the Liberty County School System) and household items. We appreciate the monetary donations and contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Robert Simmons, Mr.
Charles Dennis, Pastor Larry and Dr. Mary W. Murray (Fellowship of Love Worship Center), Pastor Thomas and Co-Pastor Wilma Brown (Grace and Mercy Temple), Bishop Kevin and Mrs. Lorraine Betton (Morning Manna Broadcast), Mr. Dwayne Tyler, Mr. and Mrs. Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Rayfield Gilyard, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Stephanie Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Watts.
Having crossed over into 2023, we did so with an increased burst of energy, tenacity, and God’s Grace to do even more for the voiceless and oftentimes forgotten about families in need and our homeless friends within our community.
2022 revealed to us that we can do better at meeting the basic human needs of others if we do it together.
To date, ACOM provides approximately 80-90 hot meals a week (Monday through Saturday) to “street” homeless individuals and homeless families referred from the Liberty County School System) who reside in local motels/hotels (to include drinks and eating utensils due to these families’ inability to cook or prepare meals caused by families not having access to kitchen appliances).
Volunteer opportunities are always available at any of ACOM’s community giveaway events and tax-deductible contributions (nonprofit charity organization) can be accepted at any time. ACOM can be contacted at (912) 321-5901 / email@example.com / www.facebook.com/anotherchanceom.
Board of Directors Another Chance Outreach Ministries, Inc.