It is more than just an appropriate theme for the coming fundraiser for The Caring Place, a well-respected, widely recognized food pantry whose staff and volunteers work diligently to keep the hungry in our Cleveland and Bradley County community fed and clothed.
It is far more than mere words.
It is a statement of mission.
It is a reflection of compassion.
It is a commitment to belief.
It is what The Caring Place is all about. It is people sharing a common vision — one of hope, one of understanding and one of unconditional love, especially for those who are down on their luck, those who need a friend and those in search of a simple boost.
Let no one doubt this inarguable truth. Anyone can find themselves entrapped in personal turmoil due to circumstances beyond their control.
No one can foresee the future.
No one can predict the happenings of tomorrow, next month, next year and beyond.
And too often it comes like a thief in the night, catching its victims unaware and sadly unprepared.
These are the causes aided by The Caring Place, an organization that last year served more than 3,000 individual households. More than 140 were homeless.
Clients are given food.
Clients are offered warm clothing.
Clients are counseled and often are referred to other organizations where specialized care is available.
Most importantly, clients are handed a special gift. It is called hope. It comes at no expense. It comes with no “due date” or payback. Instead, it comes from the heart. Person to person. People to people.
Whether or not we as individuals have called on The Caring Place for personal assistance, our community nonetheless is the beneficiary because this supportive organization offers the most basic human needs — love, warmth and a gentle touch.
And now The Caring Place asks for our help.
It is looking to residents, churches, businesses and organizations within our community for the same kind of hand-up that it delivers daily to our neighbors, brothers and loved ones in need.
The Caring Place is hosting a fundraiser in which planners are hoping to raise $50,000 to cover the organization’s many expenses.
It is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, beginning at 6 p.m. The community event will be held at Westmore Church of God.
The special evening of “Caring from the Bottom of Our Heart” will feature a silent auction, entertainment, dinner and a special announcement about a new service to be offered by the people-first organization. Melissa Lawson, 2008 winner of “Nashville Star,” will provide the featured entertainment.
Those attending will embrace a people time of sharing and caring.
But time is running out to confirm your intent. The deadline is Wednesday (tomorrow)!
To register, call The Caring Place at 472-4414. Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight. Café Roma will provide the catering.
Attending is more than a physical presence.
It is an outreach.
It is a commitment.
It is an investment in the conviction that we are our brother’s keeper.
And that is what The Caring Place is all about.
For hope of a better life.
For belief in a brighter day.