Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Volunteers come through with Thanksgiving meals for needy

by Sal Dimiceli

December 05, 2013

Dear supporters,
This past week I was again blessed to have Frank Guske Jr. and volunteers, prepare a dozen meals for me to deliver to The Time Is Now to Help recipients.
They spent their Thanksgiving morning cooking 28 full turkey dinners for our fellow creations suffering in poverty. Badger High School students and teachers also volunteered their time to prepare delicious homemade pumpkin pies to accompany all the dinners.
The Thanksgiving dinners were all so gratefully received and provided most recipients with more than one good homemade meal. Thank you to everyone who participated in this project of Thanksgiving. You are all a blessing to those in need.
The first delivery went to a single mother and four children. Until recently they were living without electricity. I not only dropped off a hot turkey dinner, we also paid to have their utilities restored several weeks ago.
They all greeted me at the door with smiles and “Thanksgiving” for our assistance. The food was received with joy and hunger. Thank you for your contributions that made this restoration of electricity possible. Thank you Frank Guske and friends for your hard work and dedication to helping those in need. This family was so thankful for your lovingly prepared turkey dinner.
My next stop was an elderly gentleman. He was spending his Thanksgiving alone as he had no living relatives. He gratefully invited me inside with my delivery of food. He had tears in his eyes as he looked over his delicious hot meal and said, “I think I will ask my neighbor to come help me eat all this. There is more than enough to share.” By the time I left there were three senior citizens all happily sharing this abundant meal.
They all said, “Thank you for sharing this wonderful food with us. We would never have had such a meal to be thankful for.”
I then went to one of the motels that are housing many of our fellow creations that would otherwise be spending their holiday homeless. The food was shared amongst these families and brought some joy to this stressful time in their lives.
There were so many that the owner of the motel compared the meal to the story of Jesus and the loaves and the fishes.

Everyone shared a delicious homemade meal, for many the first in a long, long time. From there I visited another motel that was similar to the first. The small motel rooms are home to many who would otherwise be homeless. The children and adults were all crowded in one small room. The motel room is at least warm and has electricity, much better than the darkness and bitter cold of homelessness. Please pray for our fellow creations suffering, out of sight, behind closed doors.
After several hours delivering these delicious smelling dinners I arrived at the apartment of an elderly widow. I carried in the box and when I set it on the counter the elderly widow reached out and touched my hand, asking, “Would you please join me for Thanksgiving dinner? I’m all alone.” I could not let this fellow creation eat her dinner alone so I helped her fill our plates and enjoyed a fine meal at her small table.
I listened as she shared stories from Thanksgivings when she was young. The elderly widow thanked me for joining her and I said, “This is one of the best Thanksgiving meals I have ever shared.” She replied, “It is the best I have had in many years. Holidays make me sad, knowing how excited everyone is to share good times with their family and friends. Today I was one of those blessed people having you here to make my day so special.”
I spent several more hours making spontaneous visits. No one in desperate need expects us to visit on a holiday. This is when most all are too busy but it is also when our fellow creations can be struggling at their saddest time. This is when, thanks to all of “you” supporting The Time Is Now to Help, I am energized to do even more of our good works. Stopping and visiting those that are living in sadness and fear, “We Together” are making a difference in the lives of our fellow creations. My next stop was with a family in need of more than just food. They were on the verge of eviction and in need of so much more. We provided the assistance and guidance needed to turn their lives around. Now they are thankful for having a home and utilities for their children.
My dear friends, as I was heading home to say prayers of thanksgiving with my family, I decided to check one more family. I detoured to a broken family, the mother had passed away leaving behind her loving husband and children. Even though it was cold outside, I noticed one of the children outside. I saw in her actions she was filled with sadness and confusion. When we had last helped this family the mother was still alive. The mother was deeply loved by her family.
I parked in the parking lot and walked towards the child that was sitting by her front door. When she saw me approaching she stood up, looking my way with a very solemn face she yelled, “Sal!” When I answered, yes. she burst into laughter and threw open the front door, shouting, “Hey! Sal’s here!” The father and children welcomed me in with great spirit. We visited and shared a special time together. I left the family with gifts and said a prayer of thanksgiving together. I continue that prayer even now, “Thank you Lord for listening. Thank you for bringing everyone together and making our caring and sharing love for our fellow creations possible through The Time Is Now to Help. God bless everyone.”
As we begin the busy holiday season please take the time to reflect on those less fortunate. Take a moment to thank God for your blessings of family and shelter. Material goods will never give the joy that we feel when we provide the most basic needs for our fellow creations. I thank all of you for making our good works possible. Together we will continue to remove the many pains of poverty including, hunger, loneliness, fear and homelessness.

Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,

Fox Charities $25,000 Matching Grant:
My dear friends, let us continue together helping our fellow creations in desperate need. Fox Charities has once again graciously stepped up to match your donation dollar for dollar, doubling your help to those in need. Please take advantage of this opportunity to double your Caring and Sharing. Together we make a big difference in the lives of those suffering in poverty.

Mailing address:
Make checks payable to:
The Time Is Now to Help
P.O. Box 1
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.

A very special thank you:
Fox Charities, The Summertime Foundation, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Schawk Family Foundation, The Geneva Inn, Kunes Country Auto Group, Matt Stracner, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Thrivent Financial, Paper Dolls Home Furnishings, Dorothy Heffernan, Mary Kay Ring, Bartz Chiropractic, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuberth, George and Lauretta Clettenberg, James and Marilynn Dyer, Carol Hanke, Mary Hauser, Cherie Swick, Dale and Gail Folkers, Joseph and Patricia Reynders, Randall and Margaret Smith, Donald and Mildred Carl, John and Virginia Sullivan, Nancy Yaeger, Carolyn May Essel, Don and Carol Gaines, Patrick Deasy, Shawn and Donna Mcafferty, Susan Russella, Sid and Patty Johnson, Frank Buschauer, Betty Kehl, Yvonne Ruehl, Edward and Katie Misik, Ellen Flanagan, Thomas Morrissy, Philip and Helen Joyce, John and Violet Hotzfeld, Barbara Spiegelhoff, Michael Burke, Merilyce O’Connell, Sharon Schroeder, John Urlakis, Diane Helgeland, Peggy Pollitt, Daniel and Christine Duffy, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring pantries, all of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes and the businesses that allow our donation boxes.
Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.

Vera Hamley in memory of Phyllis Eggleston. Anna Cygan in memory of dear friend Dorothy Kopacek.

Furniture donations:
Please contact Love, Inc. for all your furniture, clothing and household item donations. Call (262) 763-2743 or (262) 763-6226 to schedule pick-up. We are no longer affiliated with Chris Ann’s Resale Shop.

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