Phoenix - A New Beginning to deliver Home cooked meal, clothing to homeless and less-fortunate Veterans and Community Members in Norfolk, VA
February 27, 2016 - Norfolk, VA - On Saturday, February 27th, the members and volunteers of Phoenix-A New Beginning, a local non-profit, headed out to the Norfolk area for their monthly community engagement. Armed with bedding, hygiene products, boots and shoes, clothing, and their trademark home cooked lunch for over 140+ people, Phoenix-A.N.B. was able to minister to the area's homeless, working poor, and others less fortunate.
Since its inception, Phoenix has built a name for itself, as evidenced by the smiles and joyful greetings of the community members. Their faces, if not always their names, are certainly known. Energetic and excited shouts of recognition and welcome could be heard at all three of the locations they serviced that particular day. Newcomers to the engagement were floored by the experience of seeing boxes lined up, full of donated clothes, household goods, blankets, shoes, etc. all free of charge for anyone who needed it, as well as the spread of pulled pork, mac and cheese, and potato salad, the first warm and home cooked meal for many in some time.
Of particular interest was the diverse and eclectic group that served the community. One young volunteer, a junior at Heritage High School, removed his $130 watch and placed it in the hands of a man who had just told him his watch no longer worked. Mothers and housewives, active and veteran military, some who have-themselves-experienced homelessness, could be seen spooning hot food onto plates, conversing with fellow community members, helping someone find the right size jacket or shoes, and sharing a laugh, a hug, or a few tears. Life stories were told, requests were made, friendships began, but more importantly, for at least one day, those amongst us who have fallen on hard times, who have been knocked down by the intricacies of life, for at least one day, they were able to smile, to eat a home cooked meal, to know that someone does care, and to maybe feel just a small spark of hope. If you would like to watch a picture compilation, please visit https://youtu.be/yPjEAhV61wo.
And that is what Phoenix aims to do in every community engagement-reignite the spark of hope that has been extinguished for so many of our underprivileged and less fortunate. The last Saturday of every month, Phoenix loads up truck and trailer with donations of all kinds from all over, and heads into the heart of our various communities to help reignite that spark. All donations of all kinds, whether material or monetary, are welcomed and appreciated. If you would like to volunteer or contribute, please do not hesitate to contact Phoenix-A New Beginning at (804) 824-2023 and/or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix - A New Beginning is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information on Phoenix - A.N.B., visit us on the following websites: http://www.phoenixanb.org/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phoenixanb
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