Local Leader, Ella, Helps Share A Dignified Thanksgiving

November 02, 2015

2015-ella-miller-web500Who’s coming for Thanksgiving dinner at your house? A typical Thanksgiving meal at Ella Miller’s house will involve feeding 50+ family members. With 11 children and 26 grandchildren, you better know how to cook and be able to cook on a budget. Ella Miller can do both, but even then food costs make it difficult. She understands that many of her North Memphis neighbors aren’t able to feed their families anything special on Thanksgiving.

For the last 10 years, Ms. Ella has helped Oasis of Hope make it easier for families to celebrate Thanksgiving around a healthy delicious meal. Each October, Oasis of Hope signs up families to purchase a Thanksgiving basket of food for $7. What’s on the menu? Turkey, stuffing, sweet peas, corn, yams, mash potatoes, cranberries, cake mix, & frosting! Yum!!! And all of that for $7!! Thanks to Hope Presbyterian Church members’ food donations, the costs are kept to a minimum.

This year, Ms. Ella was our neighborhood coordinator. Families in North Memphis contacted her and within two weeks she had 184 families sign-up!!! The food baskets will be distributed from the Oasis of Hope ministry house on November 23rd with Ms. Ella directing volunteers to help unload. Over the years, this annual distribution day thanksgiving-food-drive100xhas taken place during rain, snow and even very warm temperatures which makes passing out frozen turkeys a challenge! Whatever the weather, it’s an exciting day because hearts are grateful for the Lord’s provision of a celebratory meal.

If you would like to donate food items and support families like Ella’s, please bring donations to Hope Church. Look for the shopping carts or leave the food behind your car during the service.

– Turkey (frozen, 10-12 lbs)
– Canned green beans
– Canned peas
– Canned corn
– Canned yams
– Boxed instant potatoes
– Cranberry sauce
– Stuffing
– Cake mix
– Vanilla Frosting

If you would like to know more about this ministry, please contact kathleen@oasis-of-hope.com.

Fall is an Important Time to Support Oasis Financially

November 01, 2015

camper-reading-bible-web100This time of year is always challenging financially for the ministry. We are still a couple months out from our year-end donation drive and these are some of the most expensive months on the calendar:

  1. All of our fall outreaches are being launched, requiring materials, food, transportation, increased staffing, etc. The costs of which easily extend beyond an additional $15,000.
  1. You may not realize it, but our Toy Store ministry has to purchase 60% of the toys we sell and that outlay happens over September and October, adding $10,000 in expenditures.
  1. This year we have an amazing opportunity to send staff, volunteers and neighborhood friends to the amazing Christian Community Development Conference (CCDA) for education and encouragement. But many cannot afford the $209 registration fee so we are helping with scholarships which may total an additional $3,500.
  1. We are in the process of preparing Bearwater Park for phase II construction. Even though we have some grant funds for the actual home construction the prep work and engineering plans are in process to the tune of at least $7,000.
  1. Finally, we were blessed with a partial grant to fund the purchase of a ministry van! However, there was $2,400 still to be covered.

We know with the downturn in the market, it isn’t the best time to ask, but if you happen to have the capability of giving a gift to the ministry – the timing couldn’t be better for us. If you would like to address a specific ministry area, let us know. You can write checks out to Oasis of Hope and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018 (or place in the offering bucket at Hope Church); or you can donate online.

Thank you again for your interest, prayers and support of Oasis of Hope!

Terry Hoff
Director, Oasis of Hope