This Thanksgiving, most of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the blessings of the past year. The holidays are a great time to give thanks for the most important gifts in life—loved ones with whom we get to share a good meal and reflect on God’s goodness in our lives.
But for people who are homeless and living in crisis, there is no such thing as a holiday. Thanksgiving is often a reminder of being alone. And each day is a new struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep.
For a family who can no longer afford the rent, the recovering addict estranged from family, or the senior pinching pennies to make ends meet, Thanksgiving can be especially lonely. As you can imagine, Thanksgiving is always a very busy time at Union Gospel Mission of Salem. This year, we expect to serve more than 34,387 meals between now and Thanksgiving. But we will meet more than just physical needs. We will also share Christ’s love with every guest we welcome.
Our prayer this Thanksgiving is to provide hope for homeless and hurting people that will last through the holiday season and beyond. But we can’t do it without you!
For 65 years now, Union Gospel Mission of Salem has relied on God’s provision, through compassionate friends like you, to care for the poor and hopeless. Since much of our food is donated and served by volunteers, each meal costs just $1.66 to prepare and serve. Will you show homeless and hurting people here in Salem that they are not alone this Thanksgiving by giving your gift today?