Winter is here, and for the homeless, it is no winter wonderland. For many of us, winter snow means making snowmen, sledding, family time, then hot chocolate and cozy blankets, perfect evenings for staying inside…for those who have a home.

But for those experiencing homelessness, winter is a cause for anxiety. Many will scramble to find decent gently used coats and gloves to stay warm. Many of our guests are without cars and must walk to bus stops and destinations. Some will do it without proper winter clothing. Every year we see men, women and children suffer as they traverse through cold winter temperatures.

This not only affects the homeless, but it also impacts the lives of low income families and individuals with scarce resources. Many people living indoors may still find themselves suffering from extreme cold weather conditions due to lack of proper heat or electricity.

Yes, it sounds quite challenging, and maybe disheartening. But the ability to solve the problem of the person right in front of us is always doable. And it is this demonstration of kindness that changes everything – for both the giver and the receiver. Would you consider donating new or gently used winter items to the homeless and the near-homeless? For the month of January, we are holding a winter coat drive at the Help Center. See the information below for more details.

And just know we can also use your financial support in any amount! Over 90% of our funding comes from individuals, churches and local businesses. The Mission depends almost completely on the generosity and good will of Lincoln citizens to feed and shelter the homeless. Thank you for being part of such a great community!

We also covet your prayers as we continue to do all we can to keep our guests and staff safe through the pandemic. We cannot stop serving those in need, because the need never stops. God has been gracious to us – we see His protection every day.

God’s rich blessings!!
Pastor Tom

 

Winter Needs at the Mission: January Coat Drive

During this time of year, we can always use these items, new or gently used, men’s, women’s and children’s sizes:
• winter coats
• winter hats/scarves
• winter clothing
• gloves/mittens
• snow boots
• men’s winter socks
• hand/foot warmers

These items can be dropped off at the Help Center, or one of our Toss Boxes around town. For more information, including Toss Box locations, go to
pcmlincoln.org/donate.

If you or your organization would like to hold a winter clothing or supply drive for PCM, you can contact Michele Orth at (402) 817-0818, or email MOrth@pcmlincoln.org