Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Feeding the 600

Greetings Everyone!

Who are you inviting to your Thanksgiving table this season? Would you set a plate for those the world has forgotten? Have you ever thought about the Lord’s command to visit the prisoner?

This is your unique opportunity to show love to the incarcerated men of Division 14 @ Cook County Jail. For the 2nd year in a row, the Willow Creek team has been called on to serve these men a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and a nice cup of coffee. Without your gift of compassion, these men would receive the same jail diet.

The challenge: Feeding the 600

  1. 20 men and women are needed to serve this Thanksgiving meal
    • Must be 18 years old and older
    • Location: 31st Street & California Ave.
    • A commitment of 4 hours is required on Thanksgiving day from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Needs to register with Gaius Cosman no later than Monday November 16th.
    • Email name, driver’s license number, birth day and address to gcosman@foxvalley.net

  1. $5,339 needs to be raised to cover the meal

· $8.89 will purchase one Thanksgiving meal

· All gifts are tax deductible

· Checks payable to Willow Creek Church – Cook County Jail meals

· Must be be collected by a CCJ team member

Last year the team was challenged to bring such a meal to the Division and the result was simply amazing. By God’s grace and providence, the Willow Creek team has grown in favor with God and the jail officials.

In 2009 we were permitted to double our team’s size and allowed to look for innovative ways to deliver the Gospel to the Glory of God. Praise the Lord!

From Thanksgiving 2008

"Giving all honor and glory to God through Christ Jesus! … we feel blessed that you wonderful people took time out of your holiday to prepare and bring us such an inspirational message and a delightful meal. Your thoughts and prayers are with those who are less fortunate to achieve and receive such blessings on that special day. We are also thankful and grateful to Willow Creek volunteers. Your selfless act of kindness will never be forgotten.

“We the men who live here at Cook County Correctional Division 14, building 4, 2nd floor would like to thank God in the name of Jesus. We give Him our praise because of your time, money and efforts shown in love to us. Your gift really helped us have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving which set a joyous tone for us all day long. God’s love was expressed through you all and we thank you.”

"Gracias porla comida atentamente." - Oscar G.

"Serdeczne Bog Zaplead!!!aqnot; from Polish inmates "God bless"

Please consider taking part in this effort by participating, giving and praying and this Thanksgiving Day you will have one more reason to be grateful!

- Gaius Cosman



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