TN, Seymour: Dean A Hempel
Host Church: Celebration Lutheran
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Seymour Gives Back On December 9th, Men Celebrate Jesus in Seymour Tennessee conducted our December Give Back project.
Since our church is located on the route of the Annual Seymour Christmas Parade, we decided to take advantage of the traffic and exposure to our community. This year was the 25th annual parade and benefited local families in need. Teachers selected the families based upon their familiarity with students in the community. Men Celebrate Jesus (Mens Network) decided to have canopys and tables along the parade route and serve up some brats, hot dogs, and kraut to help raise funds for the same cause.
In preparation for the project, we solicited some help from local businesses with our cause, so we had some help with food and publicity. The day of the event had some challenges with the weather, but the parade went on as planned, although smaller than previous years. We showed our community how Jesus Love works with providing refreshments at no cost, just a free will offering. While we didn't have any expectations of the outcome we fee it was a success on several levels. Our men had an opportunity for fellowship, everyone in the community saw our activity at the church, and what money was raised went to a good worthy cause.
While the totals are not yet in, we estimated that the entire event helped about 82 families in some capacity and donations are over $495. So, Christmas will be a little better for struggling families in Seymour this year.
Attached is a picture of our group showing off our "Mens Network GIVE BACK" hats. And since we were working, there's picture of some of the great food we served up.
Thanks for helping make our event a great one.(with the caps) Dean Hempel