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This is the season of Lent, a time when we reflect on sacrifice, and a time when many renew their commitments to prayer and giving to God’s people in need.  Mission for Area People is your mission, providing for God’s people in need right here in Muskegon County.

With our economy on the rise and lower rates of unemployment, you’d think we would see less poverty in our community. Not true for people who work a minimum paying job.  Most families live pay check to pay check.  An unexpected expense will start a domino effect and cause a financial hardship for a family.

Poverty is ever present and new people continue to be added to the ranks of the poor or low income.  The Food & Clothing Pantries, the Medical Support Fund, have experienced significant growth in the numbers of people seeking help.  You may know someone who has experienced financial challenges and has needed a “hand up”.

Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this letter.  Please continue to help us, help others, and as you reflect on this Lenten season, we hope and pray that you will keep the work of MAP in mind with a special monetary gift.

Happy Easter over shining sunrise.

Christmas 2017 Mission for Area People provided gifts to 1,335 children. In addition to the three main gifts per child (over 4,000 gifts), we also gave hats, gloves, and stocking stuffers, so we provided almost 10,000 gifts. For five days, Mission for Area People’s elves were busy setting up gifts, shopping with parents, and wrapping gifts. It is truly a wonderful sight to see.

At the end of the Holiday Toy Shoppe, we found that we didn’t have enough gifts for the teen-agers, ages 15-18 years of age. Salvation Army provides gifts to children infant to 14 years of age and the same for Toys for Tots.

Christmas will change this year at Mission for Area People. We will provide gifts only for teenagers 15-18 years of age. Teenagers are harder and more expensive to buy for, which puts a financial burden on a parent.

Please check the clearance items and put-away for Christmas this year. Items needed:

Watches, colognes, pajama bottoms, jewelry, wallets, purses, gift cards for fast food, iPhone, or music.

With your help, we can provide items for teenagers who might not receive gifts for Christmas.

Thank you for your support.