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A letter from a widow

I recently received a letter from a very nice woman who is going through some tough times, which I thought I’d share with you.

This can be a very daunting job at times. Many times, it feels like we’re taking two steps back for each step forward, but sometimes we see a ray of hope.

Dear Mr. Salars;

I recently lost my husband and best friend to cancer and am suffering in indescribable ways. I spend my days working full time. I spend my nights doing homework and taking care of two small children. I no longer have shared duties with a spouse. Everything, including the bread prize, is now on my plate.

I just wanted to thank you for the service you provide to the Mission. In the past I have dropped clothes, but I never imagined we would ever need your services. The food we received was a godsend and the clothes came in handy too.

I know you probably don’t hear this very often, but our little family thanks you and your staff from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and help.

~ Name withheld upon request.

Now this young mother even sent a picture so that I remembered who she was and there was a sticky note attached that said “I photograph myself smiling, but the truth is my nights were spent in tears”.

Now it is letters like this that give value to all this and attitudes like these young ladies that make me appreciate our little town and the help that so many of us are able to give in so many ways.

Tomorrow, Saturday 6 May, we will participate in Give Grandly. This is a 24/7 donation day to support nonprofits in our area. From 12:01 am to 11:59 pm, we will work together with 52 other Grant County nonprofits to raise awareness – and money – for our individual programs.

And – thanks to the generosity of Freeport McMoRan and the United Way of Southwest New Mexico – we have the ability to match our donations if we make it to their threshold! Your donation will effectively DOUBLE!

So we ask you to help us in our work. Last year, the Mission managed to feed 35,261 hungry souls in the soup kitchen and distribute 4,892 boxes of food. For every $ 1.16 you give to the mission, we are able to feed one person, and for every dollar we receive, 0.91 cents goes to helping those we serve, while the rest goes to operating costs.

We are a non-profit, non-denominational Christian charity serving everyone, no doubt those who come through our doors and ask for your support tomorrow.

How can I help?

There are many very simple ways to give.

  1. If you want to come and see my smiling face…. and make me smile bigger by handing me a check, cash or having your credit card executed, come and see me at the Silver City Farmers Market in downtown Silver City between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.
  2. Visit www.givegrandly.org and click donate, then select Silver City Gospel Mission
  3. Write to 41444 and type “greatly” follow the instructions and select Silver City Evangelical Mission

Every single dollar counts towards nurturing, dressing, and giving hope to your neighbor who may just need a little love.

Thanks and I hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Randy Salars
Silver City Evangelical Mission

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