Warm and fuzzy thoughts are not what most people have when they think of the homeless. But students from a local elementary school decided that was just what the homeless kids at Jessie's Place needed ... something warm and fuzzy.
Students from Upper Elementary, a Hilltop Montessori School, came together and conducted a Teddy Bear Drive to collect gently-used stuffed animals to donate to the homeless kids who are staying with us at Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children.
Students who helped collect for the "Teddy Bear Drive"
(From left to right) Charlotte, Nicholas, Clarke, Molly and Emily.
The students collected stuffed animals from all grade levels within the school and even set out a donation box at the Greystone clubhouse in an effort to collect as many warm and fuzzy friends as possible.
According to Janet Lewis, a teacher at Upper Elementary who helped the students with their drive, credits the idea solely to her kids' initiative. "Hopefully, the kids who receive these will be in some small measure comforted by having something soft to hug - we all know how much a stuff animal can mean to a little one," said Ms. Lewis.by Bonnie Hendrix
Magnolia Festival Update 4/19/10
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth! We had several supporters visit with us and new friends fellowshipped and received information on how to get involved. It was a joy to meet everyone!
Our booth at the festival
The Jimmie Hale Mission will be in Gardendale this weekend, as part of the Magnolia Festival. We will have a display inside the Gardendale Civic Center and hope that you will stop by and see us.
A Mission representative will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and if you're interested in helping out, will also be able to provide information about donating or volunteering.
This is the 9th annual Magnolia Festival and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17th and last until 5 p.m. There will be plenty of fun and festivities for the whole family - click here for directions.by Bonnie Hendrix
Men's Center Staff Greets Ken Lass speaks to the
Guest Speaker, Ken Lass men of the Mission
(from left to right): Wes Parkhurst, Mike Henson,
Tony Cooper, Ken Lass, Tom Zobel and Jim Etheredge.
Ken has worked in the Birmingham news industry for nearly three decades and is a familiar face to those who have watched him on CBS 42, NBC 13 and listened to Ken when he co-anchored on WDJC.
We are so thankful to Ken for coming to provide inspiration to our guys and support the Jimmie Hale Mission cause.by Bonnie Hendrix
Students from the University of Memphis came up with an alternate way to help others. 13 students from the University of Memphis participated in the school's Alternative Spring Break program - meaning they gave up their week off and instead volunteered to help others.
The students (names listed below) volunteered at Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children, and helped with a variety of tasks such as cleaning or spending time with the children while the moms were at work.
Students from the University of Memphis gave up their Spring Break to
help out the women and kids of Jessie's Place
The students were accompanied by their advisor, Angie Dunlap, who said "We had such a wonderful time working with Jessie's Place on our Alternative Spring Break trip. We spent two days with Jessie's Place...and they [the students] gained a lot from the experience."
Thanks to all the students who participated: Alesia Putman, Angela Nguyen, Artice Carter, BreAne Coburn, Brittany Dawson, Caresse Ward, Courtney Williams, Danta Anderson, Edward Spangler, Essence London, LaToya Johnson, Rose Athalone and Tawanna Malone.by Bonnie Hendrix