Home Sweet Home Ministries

Give Thanks




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Thanksgiving Information Center


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Home Sweet Home Ministries has met and surpassed its goal for Give Thanks 2013 turkeys.

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But we're no quite done. There are still food box essntials that are need for Thanksgiving.



History of Hope

On Thanksgiving Day in 1917, Billy Shelper the founder of Home Sweet Home, opened our doors for the first time with a simple message, to provide hope for the homeless, hungry and hurting.  For 96 years we have continued sharing that message. This year marks a new chapter in that story with the launch of Give Thanks. Give Thanks is the new initiative at Home Sweet Home Ministries that is built on a simple premise: we all have things for which we are thankful and this Thanksgiving we have a way to show that by helping those in need by supporting the efforts of Home Sweet Home Ministries.


Why We Need Your Help

This year more people than ever will seek help at Thanksgiving from Home Sweet Home. The numbers look pretty daunting:

800 meals prepared and served on Thanksgiving Day (up from 600 in 2012)

1500 household to receive a food box (up from 950 in 2012)

1600 turkeys needed (up from 1200 used in 2012)


How Will We Do It?

When we look at the numbers, we know that we need everyone in our community to come along side us in this effort. So this year we're giving you a chance to Give Thanks in lots of ways.  Here is how that looks:


Campaign Dates

Give Thanks 2013 will run from October 14th to November 28th


Community Drop Locations

Business and organizations will serve as locations where you can donate your non-perishiable food items.  Of course we will accept your donation at our 303 E. Oakland location 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Special Community Collection Events

Home Sweet Home will be where you are this Thanksgiving with a chance for you to share thanks in person. At your local grocery store, football game or other places, we'll be reaching out to help those in need.

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Yes they're back....


The Home Sweet Home Ministries Turkey Cards will be sold at both the Bloomington and Lincoln Mission Mart stores. Each $2.oo card sold will help provide a hot Thanksgiving meal for someone who is hungry. This year we are partnering with Open Arms Christian Fellowship in Lincoln and the money raised through card sales in Lincoln will remain in that community to support those in need there.

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