2018 “CHRISTMAS WITH MERCY”
“Our” parents who have taken classes at House of Mercy this year are eligible to come and choose Christmas gifts for their children. This is the eighth year we’ve had this wonderful program. The parents choose the gift(s) best suited for their child, then the gift is wrapped by a volunteer, ready for Christmas morning! Distribution day is December 15, 2018.
2018 “CAMPAIGN TO END HUNGER”
Saturday October 6 is the 2018 eighth annual Campaign to End Hunger event. Your donation of $25 for each person helps underwrite the costs and distribution of the foods, and our programs to help the poor. Click here to navigate to the sign up page.
10th Annual “Shoes for Kids” Shoe drive
House of Mercy, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is asking YOUR help in having at least 192 pairs of shoes donated. We need all sizes for kids 4 to 17 years old. This is the number of pairs we need in order to provide shoes to the children of parents who have taken classes at HOM. In reality, we’d love to give new school shoes to all 1, 243 children we have served so far in 2019. For more info, see the Press Release about this in the “About Us” tab.
“U” is for Undies, TBA
House of Mercy is hosting a day-long “drive-thru,” the time is yet to be announced. People will purchase a new package of underwear, any type, any size, any gender, and drive through the parking lot to throw them into a big bin. There will be friendly volunteers there to accept the donations, and provide a tax receipt, if required.
Welfare workers and school nurses locally and around the U.S. report that around half of the U.S. population is “going commando”, and not out of choice. This anecdotally includes children at local Title 1 elementary schools.
At House of Mercy many women who seek aid, report that they must choose between underwear and food. “I recently was in this situation,” an anonymous mother said. “I literally had to say to myself, ‘your underpants are in tatters, but I need to buy food’. Food always wins.”
When the local thermal shelter opens and the public requests ways to help, the first answer is “underwear”. There is a huge need for underwear among the poor and near poor in the greater Manassas, Bristow and Gainesville area, and throughout the U.S.