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3/5/2013 1:07:00 PM
Letter: Let’s step up to help Old Town Mission


On March 1, 2013 the Verde Independent published this story: “Old Town Mission Makes Appeal for Food Donations.” That article states “The shelves of the Old Town Mission are looking lean.” It quotes the Director, Mark Pelletier, as saying “Every day many hundreds count on a local charity to feed their children and other family members.” He always says, “This is one of those periods when the need is great. Unfortunately these days when we go to the cupboards we don’t find much.”

When I walked the length of Arizona from Utah to Nogales last fall to bring awareness to the plight of poverty in Arizona and help raise food and funds for local food banks, I saw many of those hungry people everywhere I went. I want to do something to help the Old Town Mission. Will you help me?

I’m willing to give a presentation about The Arizona Walk to any group or organization in the Verde Valley that is interested. The only charge is a non-perishable good item or financial donation to the Old Town Mission. Just contact me by email at: alslusser27@hotmail.com to schedule a time.

If every school, church, civic organization, retirement community, etc. in the Verde Valley will organize a food drive, we can quickly make a difference for our friends and neighbors that are struggling in this economically depressed time. Together we can help restock the shelves of the Old Town Mission. Perhaps we can gather so much food the mission will have to send their big truck over to pick it up.

“Ironman Grandpa” Al Slusser


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you...

...Lynda, Mary and Volunteer Too, for pointing up these churches and organizations that DO have programs for the needy. Those who are exceptions to that dominant "survival-of-the-fittest-and-most-righteous" attitude I see so much of from churches as well as individuals in the Verde Valley, that I wrote about below, should be celebrated and recognized for all they do.

But then, people caught up in the spirit of service tend to shun such recognition. Humility goes hand in hand with this mindset. God bless them.

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Kuglitsch

Thanks Mary Eichman for reminding us of the churches in this area that have food banks as well as the AZ Central Food Bank. You did miss the St. Vincent DePaul Society however. They have a food bank and thrift store in Cottonwood. The money raised through the thrift store is used to assist the many needy families in the Verde Valley with rent, utilities and other bills. This organization is Catholic and staffed solely with volunteers. These volunteers work many hours making home visits and staffing the food bank and thrift shop. The needs of families during these difficult times is never ending. All the churches Mary mentioned, along with the SVDP Society, demonstrate to me that Verde Valley residents are truly living the gospel message of Jesus.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Volunteer Too

There is also the Central Arizona Food Bank on Main St. This is an organization that refuses to solicit money or advertise their good deeds but instead count on the generosity and good works of the community in their efforts to help the needy.

Unlike many other charities in the Verde Valley, C.A.F.B. is completely run by volunteers with NO payroll to meet. I've been with them for 7 yrs. and continue to be amazed at the hard work and caring attitudes of the many people who give their time and energies to make it happen!

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Eichman

I really appreciate your efforts and hope you are able to garner support. As to churches helping to feed the hungry, there are two that come to mind who have had food banks for quite some time - Mountain View UMC and Cottonwood Christian Assembly. Along with them, the Old Town Mission and when the AZ central food bank was available, I thought our small community did well with helping provide food.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Ironman Grandpa

Thank you for this. Very kind and generous of you to offer and I hope you get some response. I would bet you my mortgage though that, as "Churches are not so concerned" points out, you won't hear from a single one of them. There are some exceptions but for the most part, from what I've seen, they prefer the stance that if you're living a "righteous life," God rewards your efforts with your needs met. That anyone not living that "righteous life" (cough cough) shouldn't seek help for their needs from others, but rather "get right with the Lord" and their lives will change for the better. And they have the nerve to try and rationalize this evil by the scripture saying "God helps those who helps themselves," ignoring all the admonitions of service to our fellow man.

Evil. Just plain evil. All we can do is pray for them.

Again, thank you for your effort. If I see an event generated by this, I will attend with my contributions. And if I see none advertised I'll just take it to our local food bank.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Churches are not so concerned with helping the poor and homeless anymore

as evident when several were asked to sponsor a bed in the proposed Mingus Point homeless shelter and not a single one even answered back.

Churches have become political organizations that spend millions on their own agenda, all in the name of God. And the sheeple have followed them, not realizing the wool is being pulled over their eyes!

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Hopefully the community churches will step up
and increase their support.Ten percent won't cut
it anymore.After all a Church is any two folks
getting together in Christs name.
The church as a whole are losing members and making it difficult to help.I believe membership will increase if the bottom line is truely helping
others.A little faith would help.

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