October 2020 Newsletter
Thank you for your gifts, volunteer time and donations to Loaves and Fishes in the past. Your generosity has allowed us to continue God’s work in our ministries for 11 years now. As the year end approaches, please include Loaves and Fishes in your giving or next year’s budget. Here’s how:
Backpack Blessings provides weekend supplemental food to 150 Carteret County needy students during the school year. During the pandemic and area unemployment, more students need your help and we will not turn away anyone in need. The cost of the food purchased by partner churches and gifts to Loaves and Fishes is about $30,000 annually ($5 per student per week). 100% of your gift buys food; there are no other expenses. Thanks to the dozens of volunteers that purchase, pack and distribute the food in this community effort.
Addiction Recovery Program
A gift to this Christ-based program, will allow us to provide addiction recovery treatment, shelter and group, individual and spiritual counseling to men that cannot pay for it. Thanks to your giving and the profit from the two Thrift Stores, hundreds of men have recovered and been led to God. The number of men we can treat is simply a function of your financial gifts and merchandise donations. Please help more men in need.
Food Banks in Beaufort and Harker’s Island
We serve about 250 families per month at our Beaufort Food Pantry, located at 1700 Live oak Street. Our food distribution at Harker’s Island Fire Station feeds approximately 60 families each month. We receive quantities of food free from some relief organizations and area farms during the year. However, the bulk of the food is purchased from The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and through Calvary Baptist Church, Beaufort. Your gift to this ministry will help us feed more families.
If you want to earmark a financial gift to one specific ministry, please do so.
2020 has been a tough year for many families financially. Thank you for your gifts and helping us “serve the community in Jesus’ name”.
Financial gifts are important. But without your volunteer time, we could not continue our ministries. Volunteers are needed in Backpack Blessings and the Thrift Stores. Do you feel called to lead devotions or Bible studies? Do you want to help with the newsletter mailings? Do you have a counseling or social services background that would be helpful in our program? We’d love to see how you can help us. Call Gabbie today at 252-838-9035.
Or make an on-line donation through Paypal.
Or you can Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Loaves and Fishes, at no cost to you. Go to https://loavesandfishesnc.org/. See Amazon Smile at bottom of page.
Austin Daly Testimonial
We asked Austin Daly, a resident in the addiction recovery program, to give us his testimonial:
“My addiction was my only way to cope with all the abuse and trauma I’ve endured. Until my fiancé and her son came into my life, I never knew what unconditional love was. I almost lost them to my demons, as well. I walked into Loaves and Fishes completely broken. Here I have experienced God’s love and His plan for me. Over the last 8 months, I’ve been transformed into the inverse of the man I was. Through God, I am learning to be the husband and father my family deserves. For once in my life, I feel I serve a purpose: I’m a testimony to the chains God can break and set his people free. I only wish to show others that there is a better way than the road I was traveling.”
Rescheduled Loaves and Fishes Run For Recovery, November 13, 2021
By Gov. Cooper’s COVID-19 Executive Order, the original March 14, 2020 date for the race was postponed to November 21, 2020. We had about 150 participants and 40 volunteers signed up. Because it does not appear that COVID restrictions for large assemblies will be lifted anytime soon, we have rescheduled the race to November 13, 2021.
Each paid participant will receive an email in the next couple weeks giving you options to sign-up for the new race date; ask for a refund; or donate your paid entry fee to Loaves and Fishes.
To give the 2020 Sponsors more publicity, we have hung the banner with their logos in the Housewares Thrift store. Thanks for their generosity. We pray they will Sponsor the 2021 race.
Adopt an Aisle in Thrift Shop
The new Housewares Thrift Store is huge and takes a lot to keep it attractive and organized. Manager Jonathan Lamm came up with a way for people to help display and organize merchandise and make a personal statement. “Adopt An Aisle” and put up a small sign of something meaningful to you. One of our first participants has a sign and picture in memory of her grand-daughter that died at age 5. Would you like to join others in helping Jonathan and making a statement?
“But whoever has the world´s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18