Mission Mart launches refocused Thanksgiving initiative in Lincoln
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BLOOMINGTON -- Home Sweet
Home Ministries, which operates the Lincoln Mission Mart, is launching its
96th year of community outreach at the holidays with a new focus and
expanded efforts. "Give Thanks" is the organization's new brand for its
efforts during Thanksgiving. Home Sweet Home asks people in the area to join
in celebrating the 2013 holiday by sharing their thankfulness with the
hungry and homeless.
In particular, the organization is expanding its emphasis on the
Lincoln and Logan County area through a partnership with Open Arms
Christian Fellowship. The new Home Sweet Home "Turkey Cards" will be
on sale at the Lincoln Mission Mart. Each card can be purchased for
$2, the price of a hot Thanksgiving meal, and 100 percent of the
proceeds will be given to Open Arms to support their work with
feeding the hungry in Lincoln.
"Thanksgiving is the woven into the
fabric of Home Sweet Home," explained Mary Ann Pullin, chief
executive officer of Home Sweet Home Ministries. "Billy Shelper,
founder of Home Sweet Home, opened our doors for the first time on
Thanksgiving Day in 1917. He understood that the hungry in our
community needed to feel that they had a home and a meal to share
with family on this special holiday."
Matt Drat, development and community relations manager, added:
"Home Sweet Home has been part of the Lincoln business community for
quite some time now, and our support of those in need in our
community there is consistent with our desire to be a partner with
those who are reaching out to the hungry and hurting,"
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Home Sweet Home has also launched a new website,
www.givethanks2013.org, with information about this year's campaign,
needs and special collection activities.
Home Sweet Home Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,
nondenominational Christian organization serving homeless and
low-income individuals and families in the Bloomington-Normal area
since 1917 through a variety of programs. Home Sweet Home operates
the Mission Mart thrift stores in Bloomington and Lincoln. The
organization provides numerous services 24 hours daily, 365 days a
year. For more information, visit