It could have been any of our loved ones
He was twenty-seven years old and his name was Jeffrey, Jeffrey slept in Mckinney under the bridge on 380/75. Jeffrey was cold and hungry during this cold winter day in January. A chance encounter with my daughter Deja led Jeffrey to admit that he hadnt eaten all day. She bought him dinner and asked Jeffrey what else she could do to help him. Shivering he said, if I had a skateboard I could get to Plano to the cold weather shelter or get to Highway 5 in time for breakfast for he had heard that another nonprofit fed the homeless each morning near the Uhaul location. My daughter didnt have a skateboard but she called me and explained Jeffrey's situation. The facebook page "Stronger Together" was full of helpful information and I was told about ReCycles McKinney, a nonprofit whose ministry is to repair, rebuild and give away bikes locally here in Collin County. I contacted them and within 48 hours they had prepared a bike for Jeffrey! We had no idea where Jeffrey was as he had no phone, no car, no home, so we drove around for an hour until we finally saw Jeffrey near the Racetrack on 380. We lit up with excitement as we opened our trunk and pulled out Jeffrey's bike. I coudnt tell who was happier, us for seeing how happy he was or him for receiving the bike! Jeffrey could be seen weeks later riding his bike in McKinney and each time we saw him, he waved and said HI. This is a true story and knowing that I had children Jeffrey's age and asked myself, if my child for any reason ended up under the bridge sleeping on the concrete how would I want others to treat them? It's this scenario and many others like it that pushes L.I.F.T. R&R into showing love through action. Helping those that for whatever reason at that moment are struggling to help themselves. This is a primary focal point of our Annual Event called "Another Man's Treasure". Our Annual Day of Ensuring we have direct impact for those in need. It happens each year on Make a Difference Day right here in Mckinney.
This year it will be held on October 23rd, 2021 from 8:00am to 3:00pm at Victory Church 1008 Erwin Avenue, McKinney Texas 75069. The focus is to help those in poverty by GIVING AWAY donated new and gently used clothing, household items, furniture, gas and food gift cards, home decor etc, while providing resources with financial literacy to help assist them with future money management choices. We are very excited about this opportunity to serve our disadvantaged population. Last year, our 2020 goal for this event was 25 families, we exceeded the goal by serving 37 families with direct impact. We collaborated with multiple nonprofits including McKinney Family YMCA, Alliance for Elite Youth Leadership, HOPE Clinic, First United Bank of Sherman, McKinney Housing Authority, Victory Church, Aleph 2 Omega, and McKinney Goodwill, along with businesses, and donors, to have not only physical give aways but practical takeaways such as free resources for children, teens and families. All families had a shopping extravanganza without needing a cent. Any remaining items after the event was over was donated to McKinney Goodwill to help support their mission.
As we prepare for the 2021 event, we extend the opportunity for sponsors, agencies and other nonprofits to join us in making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and see the smiles on the faces of others who would not otherwise have such an opportunity. In-kind donations (banners, print work, swag bags, raffle prizes, gas or grocery gift cards and refreshments & drinks for our “Refreshing Station” would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are welcome, come be a part of something special.
This event will be exclusive to serving families in poverty so we meet the need.
We are a 501C3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible.
Ways to financially donate: Via our pay-pay link : https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=9VF8XTHCKTZAS
Mail donations to P.O. Box 157 McKinney Texas 75069
Please contact L.I.F.T. R&R at 518-551-6715 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
All sponsors and donors will be acknowledged unless they choose to remain anonymous.
Those wishing to donate New or Gently used items to the event please contact us to schedule a pick up
This is community, everyone working together to help those less fortunate. We truly thank your kindness
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