CCM in Action During July
The following is a list of some of the many Face Book posts by Candra Conway, the Director of Children’s Charity Ministry (CCM) during the month of July 2012. You will realize the magnitude this tiny organization has in the Harrison, Arkansas community and surrounding areas.
Children’s Charity Ministry was established in July 2009 and has continued to grow. See the story at http://childrenscharityministry.com/
Only one year ago CCM was working out of a basement and garages and moving into their first Thrift Store to increase funding for the needs of the community. On July 31st, 2012 we will be moving into a much more spacious building allowing us to store food, hygiene items, and more storage for the Thrift Store with more functional displays.
Follow us through this past month and see how God provides for CCM. Keep in mind that this entire organization began only a few years ago by two mothers who saw needs in the community and wanted to help.
Hard at Work for All the Right Reasons
CCM in Action – July 6th, 2012
We have had a major increase in our emergency food pantry use over the last couple of weeks. We have been giving out tons of canned goods, but when I look at what we are giving out and think of my own family…it’s not stuff that these families can make meals out of.
It is my hearts desire to be able to give them eggs, milk, and some meat items. Items that will really help them prepare meals for their children. If you are interested in going in half, and CCM doing the other half, your half would be $5 and ours would be $5. We have a grocery store that has agreed to do vouchers with us and this money could only be used for certain items, eg: milk, eggs, toilet paper, meats. We would like to keep 5 vouchers on hand at all times and I will post when we need more vouchers. Also, we have several canned goods, but we are really needing some mac-n-cheese, rice, bags of beans, canned fruit, oatmeal, etc. Any donations are appreciated! And we are needing our first 5 vouchers! Or if you would like to send $ for us to use to help stock our emergency food pantry better, it can be mailed to 1300 Hwy 62/65 N Harrison, AR 72601. Thanks and have a SUPER BLESSED weekend!!!!
CCM in Action – July 7th, 2012
“When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your resonse?” —Max Lucado (Out Live your Life)
The word doesn’t tell us to pass judgement on why people are hungry and it does’t tell us to ignore the hungry. We know from reading God’s Word that there will be hungry and poor people to serve. John 3:11— John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Make yourself available to serve someone! If you really look, there are so many people in our own backyard who need help.
CCM in Action – July 9th, 2012
We are in need of a building to lease for our volunteer center/food pantry. We have outgrown our current building and want to keep the store in the same location it is, but have a separate food pantry/volunteer center. In just 6 short weeks, we will begin storing and packaging 9000+ meals each month to distribute to local children in need. We are in need of a place to store the food as well as space for our wonderful volunteers to have a place to help us package the meals. If anyone hears of a building for lease, please let me know ASAP! Thanks!!!
CCM in Action – July 10th, 2012
Hey everyone, we are still needing volunteers at CCM Thrift……Most days it is just 2 of us down there and if you have one in front and one in back, well, we aren’t able to go through our wonderful donations very quickly. Any help is appreciated, even if you can spare 2 hours a week. Thanks!!!!
CCM in Action – July 12th, 2012
I saw living conditions this week that were probably the worse I’ve seen. I say this to you, not to cause you worry or make you feel sad, but to remind everyone that there are so many people in our area that need your help. If you have been blessed by God, don’t bottle that in….go out and share God’s blessing with someone else.
Be available for God to use you to bless someone else. We all have a part, whether it’s being a prayer warrior, helping feed someone, helping a disabled person run his/her errands, or being hospitable and checking on your elderly neighbor…..do your part, what God has called you to do, with all your heart. If your not sure what God wants you to do, pray about it and study His word, He will use you when you make yourself available.
CCM in Action – July 13th, 2012
We have been working with Deena Tougaw from Circle of Life. This is a wonderful program that helps teen mom’s and/or expecting teen’s. These young ladies have so many needs and Deena and her team do a wonderful job in helping them get baby items, food, homes, and also help them with job placement and assistance signing them up for college courses. I admire the work Deena an her team is doing and we will be posting needs for these young ladies as they arise. It is a long list, but please don’t be overwhelmed by it, if you have even 1 item to donate on the list, it helps so much. Many of these young ladies are lacking family support and have been in abusive situations. Thanks for all of your help and support with CCM………….
Here is a current list: Crib, mattress, bedding (boy)
Baby bowls and spoons
Child proofing items like outlet covers
6-12 mo clothing
For other son 5t-6t clothing
Paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, Lysol, etc…
King size bed frame
Something to sit on in living room
-sheets and blankets
CCM in Action – July 13th, 2012
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Thank you God! We have gotten in approx 350 tubes of toothpaste just TODAY!!!! And how often do you have a retired pastor come in and say, “do you mind if my wife and I help you apply for a grant for this ministry?” Wow!!! Again, thank you God for your daily blessings and for being our provider!
CCM in Action – July 15th, 2012
Praise the Lord! Just picked up over 600 bottles of shampoo donated by Miracle Lighthouse Church and over 1000 combs donated by Topstitch! Thank you God for these wonderful, caring people!!! I’m getting excited, we are getting close!!!
CCM in Action – July 16th, 2012
-Special opportunity to help……We have a lady who is disabled and in need of birthday assistance for her child whom is just turning 2. We will be providing a cake but if anyone would like to donate a gift, she likes pretend play and dressing up. Drop off is CCM thrift and just tell the worker it’s for the “birthday girl”.
-Still need a crib!!!!
-We are collecting bars of soap this week and still collecting toothpaste! Thanks!!!
CCM in Action – July 16th, 2012
Goodness, I am amazed and so extremely grateful for the 3 carloads and trailer of donations we received today……everything from beds to dressers, to refrigerators, to dishes, to a washer. Thank you Lord!!!!
CCM in Action – July 18th, 2012
Our date for the “Back to School Bash” with the Harrison Firefighters is set for August 11!!! This means that over the next 2 weeks we will be collecting more toothpaste and bar soap like crazy!!! We will need a week to get all 800 hygiene kits packaged. We will also be providing, free haircut vouchers, deodorant, and have another table with misc items for the children to choose from, samples of make-up, lotions, floss, body sprays, ponytail holders, etc. If you have anything you want to donate to the misc table also, we welcome it. Also, we have gotten several Bible donations in, but I would rather have too many than not enough, so if you would like to donate a Bible, that would be great!!! Thanks for all your support!!!
CCM in Action – July 20th, 2012
Ok….we have found a building! It has everything we need to expand our store and store our food and it has a huge room for our volunteers to package the food. Those of you who have been volunteering to help with the food know how bad we need a place for our food projects. In just a few weeks, we will be doing 1600 meals per week. Those of you who have visited our store know we have outgrown it. I want this new place really bad. But it doesn’t matter what I want. I only want what God wants. There’s no question that we need a bigger place. The lease amt for a building large enough to handle our needs is a little scary. Please help us pray that God’s will, will be done and that we will be obedient in letting Him guide us to make the right decision and that we will be faithful and trusting no matter what the outcome is. Thank you!
CCM in Action – July 20th, 2012
God’s amazing chain of events today…………I love sharing in detail how God works things out. He makes the “impossible” possible daily and I am so blessed to witness this and be able to share!!! The building we found is in the Younes Shopping Center. Great location! So much space to work and grow! Layout perfect!!! Problem in my mind is that the rent is significantly more than we pay now and then there is the matter of the deposit. We have been praying about a bigger space for some time and I knew God would have the answer, whether it was what I envisioned for this ministry, I was not sure. But I wanted to stay put if we need to stay put or step out in faith if God is telling us to move.
This morning, the person who owns the building waived the deposit and the rent was dropped down by $250 per month for the first 6 mos. Of course I was asking “could this be from God?” I still wasn’t convinced. We are not wanting to move into a new place until we can have the first 2 months rent in advance. We know there will be a transitional phase to where we will be moving and want to make sure that we have enough saved up to cover the first 2 months without any question.
Second event………we had an anonymous donor walk in and give us $1000 cash donation and tell us to book the building! Could this be God???? No question! The impossible yesterday was yet again made possible by God!!! We are still wanting to get the other $1000 raised so we know the first 2 months will be without question. If you want to be a part of this awesome move, and would like to make a donation, our goal is $1000!!!!
Any donations are appreciated and will help us to be able to package and store food for over 700 children this coming school year (just 6 short weeks)!!! I know this will happen!!! Donate by paypal by using the link below or drop off at CCM Thrift! Any amt is not to small. Thanks!!!!!
CCM in Action – July 21st, 2012
WOW!!!! 3 very short days ago, we were looking at $3750 to get into a new building. Today God has gotten that number down to $500 for us!!!! We had another donor who wishes to remain anonymous donate $500 today!!!! Please help us reach our goal of the last $500. Any donation is appreciated and none is too small! Donate by going to link below and going to paypal or mail your donation to 1300 Hwy 62/65 N Harrison, AR 72601. The Lord has heard our prayer of needing a bigger place to package food for children and He is certainly providing!!! Keep praying!!!
CCM in Action – July 22nd, 2012
$500 left to go!!!! If you wish to donate to help us get into our new building, please go to link below and donate via pay pal. Or mail your donation to 1300 Hwy 62/65 N Harrison, AR 72601. We are almost there!!!!! We are not making this move because we want to, we are making this move so that we have enough room to package food (over 9000 meals every month) to give to children across 8 counties. Thanks in advance for your support!
CCM in Action – July 23rd, 2012
We desire prayer this week as we begin a new chapter at Children’s Charity Ministry. Our board voted yes tonight that we move to a new building. We will be moving into a 4000+ sq ft building beginning this week, and the lease agreement will be signed tomorrow! We are grateful that God has made it so clear to us. He easily provided the building and easily provided the way! We are excited to see how God uses this ministry in the upcoming year, we know that there are so many children out there that have needs. And we are excited to give other children/families a way to serve others and show that God is love to our county and our surrounding counties! Pray for our workers and volunteers as we begin the move this week. Moving is never easy! But we are happy to do the labor! If anyone would like to help this week, please let me know, but above all else, please continue to pray for this ministry and the workers and the volunteers. Have an absolutely wonderful week, I know we will!!!!
CCM in Action – July 24th, 2012
Come see us tomorrow at CCM Thrift. We are still collecting soap and toothpaste. We still need over 600 bars of soap and about 300 tubes of toothpaste. We will be open tomorrow 10-5. Thanks!
CCM in Action – July 27th, 2012
Thanks to many local hair salons, we will be giving out 100 free back to school haircuts to children and still counting!!! Don’t forget if you are able, pick up a couple of extra bars of soap this weekend and bring to CCM Thrift for our grand opening Tues or any day next week. Thanks!!!
CCM in Action – July 28th, 2012
Thank you to J.C. Penny’s of Harrison for their donation of a dozen beautiful display tables, Back Street Trader for their clothing rack donation, and Home Depot for help with lumber!!!!! Also, Shoney’s, Grand Country Inn, Shelby’s, CBO, and Frenzy’s for their donations of door prizes for our grand opening. We live in such a caring community!!!
CCM in Action – July 28th, 2012
Last thought and then I’ll get to work…..One of the things God laid on my heart very early in this ministry was for His people to work together. I hope it pleases God to watch us over the last few days and see people from Miracle Lighthouse Church, Eagle Heights Church, First Christian Church, and Bear Creek Springs Baptist Church all working together for one common cause…to provide for the children in this community. As I’ve been watching all of these beautiful people work for VERY LONG HOURS, I have been picturing praising in Heaven one day with them also. There will be nothing except LOVE! I can’t wait!!!!
CCM in Action – July 29th, 2012
Mark your calendars for this Tuesday!!! Come see us and get signed up for some great door prizes as well!!! I think your going to LOVE the new place….we all do!!!
Grand Opening – Tuesday July 31st, 2012 – 10 AM through 5 PM CDT
1405 North Main Street (in the Younes Shopping Center)
GRAND OPENING of our new thrift store/food pantry/volunteer center!!! Come look at our BIGGER and improved thrift store. Door prizes will be given out every hour (gift certificates from local businesses, restaurant meal give aways, etc) and we will be giving out gently used backpacks on this day to children who need them. Come out and show your support for the children of your community!!!
CCM in Action – July 30th, 2012
SO EXCITED!!!! We are officially moved in!!!! I can’t thank everyone enough for all of their extremely hard work these last few days! The store looks AMAZING!!! Join us for our grand opening this Tues and get your name in for some great door prizes from:
-Grand County Inn
***Bring in more than 5 bars of soap on Tuesday and get your name entered in each of the drawings TWICE!!!!***
This proves that hard work with community organization and private support makes a HUGE difference within the entire community. Within CCM, we teach our children to help others and show them that community service and helping others is not only important, but is one way of showing our love to our neighbors.