Manna Messenger Newsletter November / December 2020
BECAUSE OF YOU ...
Forrest Nixon, a Feed My People Board Member at the time of his death on Christmas Day 2020, devoted countless hours to FMP in the area of human resources, leadership, and planning. His personal bequest will be part of the new Feed My People Endowment Fund, established through the St. Louis Community Foundation. Forrest’s endowment will allow his good work to continue.
The Feed My People Endowment Fund will allow us to grow, thrive, and continue to serve those in need, well into the future. This endowment, lasting in perpetuity, will retain all principal investments while only drawing on the interest earned.
Longtime Board Member and member of the Carol and John Deguire Legacy Society, Ann Corrigan, commented, “Forrest was a wonderful gift to Feed My People, a real mover and shaker. This endowment says that we’re not going anywhere and that we will continue to be a force for positive good in the future. I am thrilled about this”.
John Deguire, co-founder of Feed My People, remarked, “Working with the St. Louis Community Foundation is an opportunity to enlighten even more area donors to the good that Feed My People can do.”
Establishing this endowment empowers all our donors to honor loved ones for their generous hearts and love for mankind. If you would like to contribute to the Feed My People Endowment or if you have questions, please contact Executive Director Karen Lanter at 314-631-4900 x 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on how to add FMP to your estate plans, click here or contact Karen directly.
November / December 2020 Newsletter
BECAUSE OF YOU ... Learning to Survive in a Pandemic
This pandemic has not been kind to any of us, particularly those living in poverty. As a result, we are beginning to see more than our usual share of homeless persons.
We’ve seen contributions of furniture as a result of downsizing from home to apartment to trailer. Will we see these donors as clients in the coming months? We’ve seen persons living in their vehicles and coming to us for emergency food help. If you live in your car, you need packages you can open with your hands or at least with a handheld can opener. You need more blankets especially now that the weather is turning cooler. You learn to survive. Life is so very different in ways that most of us can’t even imagine.
So it is with grateful hearts that we say thank you for your generosity. Your prayers, your monetary gifts and your donations of food and personal care items, allow us to help those whose lives have changed so dramatically over the course of this year.
Feed My People logoed face masks are available!!!
Get yours TODAY at each Thrifty Hanger thrift store 10-3 M-F, 9-2 Saturday.
Feed My People 2019 Financials
The 2019 Feed My People Annual Report and 1099 are now available HERE
We were very excited to begin the last quarter of the year having raised better than two thirds of our $75,000 fundraising goal. Thank you to everyone who donated to and/or participated in the Manna March (more than $39,000) and Trivia Night. Please help us reach our goal by virtually attending one of our upcoming events.
'Tis the Season to be Thankful
As Andy Williams once sang, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Being grateful for one’s gifts is always timely, but this thankfulness is even more appropriate around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday season calls on each of us to be grateful for life’s gifts -- to give back.
On behalf of the nearly 1000 people Feed My People feeds each week, our more than 400 volunteers, board of directors and our staff, thank you for your support. Thanks to you, children were able to go to bed with full bellies. Parents did not have to choose between paying rent and school supplies. People out of work kept the lights on. In short, your support helped generate “peace on earth and good will to men” in a meaningful way. These words are as timeless as they are beautiful.
During this time, let us take a moment to appreciate all we have – shelter from the cold, cozy beds and food in the refrigerator. These gifts are just a few of the many blessings we have been afforded in this life. I ask you to think how 2021 is not only arriving with real challenges, a high unemployment rate and a raging pandemic, but the new year also brings opportunities to help others, to strive to see Christ in everyone we meet, to be kind to all God’s children.
Thank you for caring. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and blessed new year!
Thrifty Hanger Report - Fall 2020
A visit to the Thrifty Hanger thrift store at High Ridge is a stroll through one of the area’s leading thrift stores amid a sea of similar stores along Hwy 30. You will be amazed at the variety of mer- chandise, including furniture, displayed for the discriminating thrifty shopper. However, limited space at FMP led to a unique partnership with several other thrift stores that support our mission of feeding those in need.
Kelly’s Resale & Collectables, 1692 Gravois Rd, High Ridge built a Feed My People “wall” selling items from the Thrifty Hanger with all proceeds benefiting FMP. “We love working with Feed My People” said owners Josh and Randi.
Old Time Finds, 2807 Barbara Drive, High Ridge, has a room filled with beautifully dis played Thrifty Hanger holiday treasures with all proceeds benefitting Feed My People.
Plan a leisurely drive to visit these wonderful shops and be sure to add a “thank you” on behalf of Feed My People.
A hearty thank you to everyone who participated in our first Virtual Trivia Night via ZOOM. The evening was filled with lots of laughs and more Halloween trivia than you could imagine.
All in all, we learned a lot and are looking forward to an even better Foodies Unite Trivia Night on November 14. We are more than one third of the way to our $12,000 goal.
Reserve your table now!
VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHTS
2 Different Nights, 2 Different Themes
Saturday, Nov.14 and Jan 16, 7PM
A Virtual ZOOM Event!
Trivia Night will now be two (2) unique virtual nights of fun and games, November 14, 2020, and January 16, 2021.
You can register your table of 8 for one or both ZOOM events.
Not familiar with Zoom? Not a problem! We’ll provide detailed instructions. Participants can log in from different locations while still part of the same table.
Each Trivia Night will have a different theme, Foodies Unite (in honor of Chefs Challenge) November 14, and Decade Dilemmas, remembering the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s on January 16, 2021
All table captains will be sent a Virtual Trivia Night kit prior to the specific trivia date.
Save Taxes & Leave a Legacy
Christmas season is a time of faith, family and friends. It is also a time to give, to share our humanity and grate- fulness for what we have. Feed My People relies of end of year donations to continue to be that beacon of hope for people in need. The following are some ways to give that also will you save on taxes:
Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds can benefit you if you hold a se- curity that has increased in value since you acquired it. By making a gift of stock, for instance, that you have held longer than one year, you completely avoid paying capital gains tax. Learn more HERE or call Karen at 314-631-4900, ext. 306.
DAFs and Giving (DAF) provides do- nors with a way to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and recommend grants from the fund over time. A community foundation or a brokerage firm create DAFs for a donor to provide a number of benefits including an immediate tax deduction while showing your children and grandchildren the value of giving. Create a family legacy! Learn more HERE or call Karen at 314-631-4900, ext. 306.
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