Nov. 3, 2018 Canned Food Drive Contest begins. Collect canned and non-perishable food through Nov. 16. Then on Nov. 17th bring the collected food to Patterson Nisssan to have it weighed betweem 9am and 1 pm. There will be Fabulous prizes for each ot the following groups that collects the most by weight: Boy Scout Troop, Famil, Service Organation, Business, or Church. For additional information contact Dawn Duncan at 903-759-8101 ext. 228
Nov. 21 is our traditional Thanksgivig luncheon at the mission. We do not need any additional volunteers for this event. Last year we feed almost 500 people at this meal alone between our three locations. We are thankful for our many volunteers who give of their time to the hurting here in our communtiy.
Nov. 26 - Nov. 30 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Sign ups for families in the community that need help providing Christmas gifts for their children. If you know a family that needs help and has not signed up with another organization this is the final week for families to sign up with Hiway 80. For additional information call 903-234-2583.
November 27, 2018--Please help feed our community's hungry, homeless people on this global day focused on charitable giving.
When Ronnie was a little boy, he wanted to be just like his dad. “He was an alcoholic and, as a very young child, I’d drink leftover beer in his bottle or can,” he says. “When I got old enough to open the can, I’d get the first drink out of it.” His parents divorced when he was 13 and, after that, Ronnie rarely saw his father. “I didn’t want to be anything like him anymore,” he says. “I’d never seen him do drugs, so I went heavily into drugs.”
Weary Hearts Rejoice With parents rarely home, and a brother deep in a world of drugs, Jerry fell into a lifestyle modeling his family’s. “I can remember being a little kid and having to carry backpacks full of drugs,” he shares.
Ed was a successful long-haul trucker, but too much isolation on the road took a heavy toll. “It’s a very difficult lifestyle,” he says. “I made a lot of money, but I had a nervous breakdown and suffered from very bad depression.”
Several East Texas law enforcement agencies, including sheriff's offices in Gregg and Upshur counties, have teamed to give out 10,000 blankets to people and shelters in need. "Operation Blue Shield of Compassion" was started after Lindale pastor James Dill requested the blankets and figured local police would be the best way to distribute them.
Christy Pierce is looking toward her future, not her past. Pierce is one of three women who just completed a nine-month program at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission focused on helping them overcome past abuse. Pierce said the program helped her turn her life around and get back in the world — and she's looking forward to it.
LONGVIEW - Dustin Lee has had a rough past. Now as cold weather comes in, he relies on Hiway 80 Rescue Mission for shelter. "There's nowhere for you to stay and it's hard to find a place to feel safe," Lee says. "The places I could stay at are too dangerous."