Metro Atlanta has one of the fastest growing poverty rates in the United States, and that is unacceptable. MUST Ministries is an organization created to combat that statistic. They have been around for over 40 years and are now in eight counties.
The Elizabeth Inn shelter is one component MUST offers. When someone needs a place to lay their head, they come here. If they have had a job loss, have an addiction, or have lost everything, MUST restores hope and dignity, as well as provides a roof over their head. People are offered help with employment, education, and recovery meetings. I have had the privilege of volunteering there doing laundry, and the current residents were sweet and very grateful for the small thing I was helping with. They had been through so much, things I can’t even imagine, and MUST was there for them.
MUST has 3 food pantries that give away a ton of food per day, (not just a lot, but a whole ton.) The community kitchen feeds 150 people every day at lunch. Breakfast and dinner are served to 65 residents at the Elizabeth Inn shelter. Keeping up with this amount of need takes the whole community.
Speaking of food, MUST also serves lunch to 6,000 to 7,000 school age children every day in the summer. These are kids who would be getting a free lunch if they were in school, but summer means they go without. Our church helps several of the days each year. We provide sack lunches to deliver to the children’s neighborhoods. I have not delivered lunches, but I have heard about the joy. The kids run out to the vehicle when it pulls up, thrilled for a meal. I even hear about children saving part of their lunch for a sibling who doesn’t get one. Oh, my heart.
Clothes are given out to those in need each year, whether for a job interview or for growing children. There is also a program every Christmas where parents get to shop for gifts for their kids. What a relief a parent must feel when they can give their innocent child a gift at Christmas!
I don’t know about you, but it breaks my heart to think about kids going hungry. And things we take for granted, like clothes and Christmas presents, are not a given for many people. So many of these people are down the street from us or shop at the same grocery store and we don’t even know it.
In our family, we are huge fans of MUST, so I am donating $2 from each sale of my book to them this month. (As well as the other $2 going to our church.) Please help us fight poverty and give families hope and dignity.
To learn more about all MUST does, check out their website here.
If you are interested in a copy of my book, either paperback or Kindle version, it is available on Amazon here.
Whether you help by buying the book, praying for these families, or reaching out to someone you know who needs help, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you be richly blessed!
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