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A client came into MAP a few weeks ago requesting to speak with a pastor regarding his just receiving custody of his 3 children and had fallen short on his rental payment; the father was overwhelmed with emotion and began to cry.

The father wasn’t asking for money, he wanted the church pastor to pray with him. Fortunately, MAP had a new church volunteering that day, The Lakes Church. As they circled around the young father, another man came into MAP upset because he had spent the night at a local shelter and while he was asleep someone had stolen his shoes off of his feet.

The man walked to MAP in his stocking feet hoping we had a pair of shoes in his size. Unfortunately, we did not. The father of three turned around and faced the shoeless man and said, “I have a pair of shoes your size you can have at home. Come with me and I will give them to you.”

With tears in their eyes, the church formed a circle of love and prayed with both men at which point the staff began to cry. Both men left feeling uplifted by the prayers they received from the volunteers at Mission for Area People.

Mission for Area People will be providing new socks and underwear for children in grades K—12.

We are in need of socks and underwear for our Give-Away. Donations may be dropped off at our office from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Our Give-Away will be held on August 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Suggested items:

  • Girls— ages 5 to 12 - under panties, & socks
  • Boys— ages 5 to 12- boxer’s & socks
  • Teen girls— under panties & bras (any size)
  • Teen boys— men’s boxers small thru XX large & white socks

Please note: Mission for Area People will not be giving out backpacks this year. So many other sites are available to students to receive school supplies that Mission for Area People wants to provide a different service to benefit students.

Mission for Area People has changed our Christmas focus this year. We are having a “TEEN TOWN CHRISTMAS GIVE AWAY”. Our focus will be on teenagers 15 to 18.  Other agencies assist younger children, but it is the teenagers who often are forgotten. Please help us make a memorable Christmas for area teens.

Suggested Items needed:

  • Lounging PJ Bottoms
  • Hoodies (college)
  • Watches
  • Fast Food Gift Cards
  • Wallets
  • Purses
  • Alarm Clocks
  • iPhone Gift Cards
  • Colognes & Body Washes

Items may be dropped off any time between 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m., Monday –Friday at the MAP Office, 2500 Jefferson Street, Muskegon Heights.

You may also make a monetary donation to Teen Town Christmas and MAP will purchase items for the program. Thank you!