Giving Tuesday

With the unprecedented needs currently being experienced by our vulnerable, unsheltered friends and neighbors in the Ozarks, we are encouraging folks this Giving Tuesday to make a commitment to support at least one of these local giving opportunities in the days ahead: Hot Hands for the Homeless, Crosslines Christmas Drive, and cold weather shelter relief.

While there’s no doubt that we need more than just charitable acts to solve the crisis of poverty and homelessness in the Ozarks, these opportunities to give can, quite literally, make the difference between life and death for our unsheltered friends and neighbors. Make a commitment to act now. 

Hot Hands for the Homeless: The Great Warm-A-Thon

A fundraiser for The Connecting Grounds by The Mystery Hour

[Donate Here]

You may be wondering: HotHands? Those hand-warmer things? How much good can that do? 

A lot of good, it turns out. We were surprised to learn that HotHands will literally be life-savers this winter. 

Since shelters only open when it’s 32 degrees or below, and with reduced capacity due to COVID-19, many people are left without anywhere to go on cold nights. Here, in Springfield, Missouri. 

This is something that can make a real difference for the hundreds of people who will be out on the streets of our city, unable to access crisis cold weather shelters. (Hundreds. Here, in Springfield.) 

Why this goal? An estimated 25k-30,000 additional HotHands are needed for the winter, supplying 6-8 per person, per night. $25,000 would cover that and then some, thanks to wholesale prices.

It’s a big goal, but it’s a big problem. We can do it together!

We know there are so many larger issues (affordable housing; access to jobs; addiction and mental health services; the list goes on) more complicated than we can address in one GoFundMe, but this is one way we can make a difference and literally save lives as we move into colder months. We can’t fix everything, but we can do something. And you can help.

Details & Links to Donate

Crosslines Christmas Drive

Brentwood is again partnering with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks to help bring Christmas joy to families in need of our support through the Crosslines Toystore. We are especially focusing on purchasing clothing and essential items for teens.

In an effort to reduce in person contact during these times, Crosslines has put together online wishlists so you can shop entirely online. (For those who prefer shopping in person, the Crosslines Toystore still has that option too.)

Times are especially difficult this year, with an increased need of support. Here’s the information you need:

The Toystore is collecting brand-new toys for children from birth to 18 years old, as well as books and knit items. If you have questions about what items Crosslines accepts, please call 417-865-5810.

[More details here]

Cold Weather Shelter Relief

Cold Weather Shelter Meal Train:

Calling anyone who is interested in providing meals this winter… we have LOTS of gaps coming up in our meal train to provide dinner at Veterans Coming Home Center at 5 PM throughout the winter months.

Please take a look and see if you can connect and help meet this need.

*** This is a great opportunity for churches, small groups, friends, families, neighbors, businesses, and individuals to get involved!***

You can sign up to provide a meal at the link below:

Cold Weather Shelter Volunteers

Take a turn volunteering for the men’s or women’s cold weather shelters

  • Let us know if you’re able to help us work with Community Partnership of the Ozarks by volunteering to help with this winter’s socially-distanced crisis cold weather shelters by filling out this form.

Shop for the following supplies and drop them off at the church:

  • hot hands
  • gloves
  • blankets
  • backpacks
  • socks
  • pre-packaged snacks
  • pop-top canned goods
  • bottled water
  • laundry detergent