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December 30, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Red Ribbon Christmas a success

— The Kokomo Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the Good News and demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the homeless, hungry and hurting. The Red Ribbon Christmas deliveries are a major part of demonstrating that compassion, especially to children, this time of year.  

It is no secret that Christmastime invokes a desire in children to receive a special gift. Not only because new toys are fun to play with, but because of the message a gift sends to a child. Gifts communicate an unspoken language of love that everyone can understand, even a small child. Without saying a word, a gift tells the recipient they are important, that they matter, but, most of all, that they are loved. In fact, love being expressed as a gift is what Christmas is really all about. God wanted to show us just how much he loves us, so he gave us the only gift we ever really need in Jesus Christ our Savior. The familiar verse of John 3:16 sums it up beautifully:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loved, and so he gave.  

Giving is exactly what all of you have done. You love and so you give. Thanks so much to each and every one of you for sending an expression of love to so many men, women, and children this year. Thank you for giving your time, your money, and many other resources to communicate a message of hope and love. May God bless you for letting your light shine before others.

The Kokomo Rescue Mission would like to extend a special thank you to our friends involved with We Care for funding for Red Ribbon Christmas; to GMCH for providing warehouse space; to Syndicate Sales, Guyer the Mover and Roger Miller for providing trucks and drivers for out of town deliveries; Eikenberry Trucking for provided a refrigerated trailer; to KRM’s amazing Christmas Volunteers who work year-round; and finally the countless volunteers who worked during the Christmas season to make it happen.

In His Service,

Van C. Taylor, Executive Director

Kokomo Rescue Mission

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