The HOPE Chest went into Outreach mode and began assisting them in the small ways that we are able. We gave them clothing and fitted them with shoes that were practical and sturdy. The HOPE Cupboard provided them with homeless meal packs of nonperishable food that will sustain them for several days. From our pantry, the couple were also given bottles of water and Gaterade to keep them hydrated. We provided them with toiletries, blankets, and backpacks. The HOPE Chest was not able to give them financial assistance to give them transportation or shelter. So we called our resources to find help for them. We instructed the couple on where to find a hot meal every day in Pekin. And we offered them hope. Hope in the future; knowing that there is a God who cares for them and uses many tools (such as the HOPE Chest) to help them get through these hard times.
Our HOPE is in Christ. And as we share what we have with others. We are sharing that hope - in Christ. ~ Lynne Johnson, HOPE Chest Outreach Director