Home Sweet Home Ministries

Give Thanks



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Not only will we need turkeys, but we need all of the delicious turkey fixin's!

Click Here for our Turkey Fixin's Needs List!










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 97 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 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.


What does Thanksgiving look like at your home? Here's a glimpse of what it looks like at Home Sweet Home.

This year more people than ever will seek help at Thanksgiving from Home Sweet Home. We plan to serve over 12,000 meals and we need YOUR help in providing those meals to the individuals in our community!

800 meals prepared and served on Thanksgiving Day 

2000 household to receive a food box (up from 1500 in 2013)

2000 turkeys needed (up from 1600 used in 2013)


How Will We Do It?

This year, Give Thanks will be a partnership between Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Bank. We also welcome back Great Plains Media as our primary media sponsor. 




However, 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 2014 will run from October 1st to November 30th


Community Drop Locations  

Every Saturday from October 1st through November 30th Home Sweet Home will be at the grocery stores listed below accepting non-perishable food donations. You can also drop off your donations at Home Sweet Home at 303 E. Oakland Ave., in Bloomington, IL. 

Cub Foods, 403 N Veterans Pkwy.

Wal-Mart 300 Greenbriar Drive

Click here for a complete list of locations and hours! 

Click here for a complete list of community drop locations and other special events  ! 


Distribution Dates

Distribution will be at Midwest Food Bank and are Saturday, November 22nd from 12-4pm and Monday November 24th from 3-7pm.





Guess who's back? It's Homie the Turkey! 


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. 


Want to know where else in the community you can buy turkey cards? Click here!

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