December 16, 2014

There’s No Deadline on Generosity

It’s that time of year when many people are focused on giving. They are giving Christmas gifts, giving homemade fruitcakes to their neighbors, leaving a plate of fudge for the mailman.

Generosity is in the air and that is a wonderful thing. As many people are focused on charitable giving during this time of year, I want to remind you of some of the added benefits of making a gift to the Mission before December 31st.

I’ll share three with you:

  1. Change Lives. Each $2.05 you give not only provides a hot, nourishing meal to one hungry person, but also gives them the chance to start over. Your gift to the Mission not only feeds someone, but helps provide basic necessities and programs that allow people to rebuild their lives and get off the streets for good. Plus, because every meal is served with the love of Christ, many people who haven’t yet met Jesus are introduced to Him and welcome Him into their hearts.
  1. Break a Seemingly Endless Cycle. Poverty and homelessness run in cycles. The more time a child spends in poverty, the more likely they are to struggle with poverty as an adult. According to a study by Columbia University, 45 percent of people who spent at least half of their childhood in poverty are poor at age 35. But the sooner a child and their family get help, the more quickly those numbers decrease. Just eight percent of kids, who spent less than half of their childhood in poverty, were poor at age 35. Your gift not only changes lives today—it changes lives for generations.
  1. Get a Tax Break: When you give to the Everett Gospel Mission by December 31 you’ll get a 2014 Tax Receipt. Not only will you change lives, you’ll benefit too!

These aren’t the only benefits you get from supporting the ministry of the Mission. The list could go on and on. And while generosity doesn’t have a deadline, some things do.

To get the benefit of a tax credit for this year you must give before December 31.

6,500 meals are still needed before we can close out the year. Please, consider giving an extra-special, year-end gift. You, your hurting neighbors, and our entire community will benefit.

Thank you and God bless!

Sylvia Anderson