Food, Blankets, Hats, & Gloves for the Homeless & Poor
Many of you know that Laury and I along with a several other Christian friends, minister every week to the homeless in the poorest places of many major cities here in the northeast like Nashua, Manchester, Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, Boston, Springfield, and others. It’s often a bit rough out there among the alcoholics, drug addicts, and mentally ill, but the Lord has stirred our hearts to reach the poor and the lost and it has become a lifestyle for us to reach those in dire need of help and freedom from oppression.
We bring food, water, socks, hats, gloves to any in need, plus blankets and sleeping bags to those who literally live outdoors all year. Some can’t even live in a shelter because of the alcohol, drugs, mental illness, or just because they have completely fallen off the social grid, so to speak.
We come to them with pure hearts and a message of God’s love and as a result, they let us pray for them and many have been completely physically and/or emotionally healed. It’s amazing how open most of the homeless are to the gospel when you have no agenda other than to bless them, love them, and share Jesus. We’ve seen Jesus heal cancer, COPD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, broken bones, pinched nerves, neuropathy, and broken hearts and most were instant healings. It’s truly amazing to see God do such great things, yet at times it can be overwhelming to see this level of spiritual and physical poverty in our own back yard.
There is so much need, and we want to do more. We’ve already purchased about 75 pairs of gloves, 75 hats, 15 winter coats, 50 pairs of socks, and already distributed many of these in the past two weeks alone. We only buy EXTREME bargains with the clothing in order to stretch our resources, but some of the items like the 30% wool blankets run $9-13 each and we are looking to buy 150 of these to distribute to those living outdoors in these cities.
I know it seems everywhere we look, many good causes are looking for money for their ministry and because of some scandals, many Americans are a bit weary to offer help. Even if the organization is on the up and up, we know that some have high administrative cost, salaries, utilities, and sizable marketing costs simply because of the institutional structure required with larger organizations. The bottom line is that often, less of what you donate actually goes to the poor.
But the Lord keeps telling me if we want to do more, then we need to invite our friends, brothers, and sisters to come along side of us in support. The good news is that 100% of what you donate, small or large, will go to the poor and help your local communities!
I know that some may never venture into these dark places we travel, (it’s not for the faint of heart, trust me!) but I also know that many of you have a heart’s desire to help the lost, and support those of us who are called to help the poor, especially in our own local neighborhoods.
We don’t have a 501-3c tax deduction status (not yet but we’ll get there someday!), but as I said 100% of what you help us with, will go directly to supplies for the poor. It’s that simple 🙂
For those of you who already supporting some great causes, please keep us in pray and pray for an abundance of resources to reach these struggling men, women and families. Statistics say that a 63% of Americans are only one paychecks away from living on the streets – thanks for prayerfully considering a one time or ongoing partnership to help bring them supplies, healing, and hope.
You can donate using paypal here, paypal.me/ImperishableLove or drop us a request at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you our mailing address to send a check.
Much thanks and love,
Scott & Laury Levesque
Imperishable Love Ministries
The pictures above are from a homeless “tent city” in one of our local towns. I was shocked to find out that there is a tent city like this in most of the larger cities here in the northeast, where the homeless live year round. Whether living with extreme heat and humidity and no electricity for a fan, or water, or a shower, or in the dead of winter at zero degrees with bone chilling winds, this is a reality for more Americans than ever before in modern history. I have to admit, it has been extremely humbling for us to see such need. Thanks for considering their need and your support.