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August 2016 Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey

More than 20 youth and leaders from the Countyline Church Youth Group from Warm Springs gave a huge gift to FOCUS recently. That gift came in the form of a day of service at a storage warehouse in Pine Mountain. That warehouse held some 200 bags of used shoes we collected for a fund raiser.

Each bag had to be opened up, the shoes sorted and tied together with bands – a huge task FOCUS did not have the resources to handle. So along came these youth — the Lord really does work in marvelous ways — and they set out to do this smelly, hot job. They really did sweat for Jesus on that Friday afternoon, and had a great time doing it.

The grand total of shoes sorted and re-packaged that day were 6,040 pair. These will soon be picked up by a truck from a non-profit agency in Florida and shipped to countries overseas. This is a win-win situation — underprivileged children in Africa get shoes and FOCUS receives funds to help supply our food bank.

Not only did the youth from Countyline Church help us with their volunteer efforts, not to be outdone, the youth group from Pine Mountain United Methodist Church, some 18 in number, visited the FOCUS facility in June and did a fantastic job of volunteering. They
worked in the store, sorting, cleaning and completing other tasks, while another group worked outside raking, trimming and doing other lawn and garden jobs.

FOCUS was the recipient of a great blessing from the work of these two youth groups. On the days they worked, we gave a brief explanation of who FOCUS is, and what we do, and most importantly, why we do what we do. Hopefully, these future leaders will now have a better understanding of what it means when Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Thank you, youth and leaders from Pine Mountain Methodist Church and Countyline Church.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

News from the Thrift Shop

The construction of the addition is complete. Now the hard task begins in trying to work out the best way to organize the space to make bringing in donations, sorting, and adding new items to the shop efficient. We are hoping that once we complete this part of our growth spurt, we can add another shopping room. For now, we ask for your patience and understanding while we solve this puzzle!!!

The donation bin that was on the side of the building, then on the back, no longer exists. We ask that you place all donations in the drop box on the front, on the left side of the building. Please do not leave items on the platform. Doing so blocks others from reaching the doors to the donation bin, and items that get wet, go straight to the trash. If your item is larger than the donation bin doors, please leave it on the front porch.

Also, please note that donations are accepted every day of the week. Please feel free to knock on the door Monday – Wednesday and our volunteers will help you unload.

Thank you for your support during this crazy time. We invite everyone to come and take a look at the addition on your next visit, and to become part of the FOCUS family by volunteering a few hours a month in the Thrift Shop.

How We’re Helping

In July, FOCUS Emergency Services helped a total of 99 clients. This included the distribution of 376 bags of food to 217 individuals in 90 families, 32 of those families included children.

FOCUS’ Next Board Meeting

FOCUS’ next Board meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Harris County Community Center.