You can share Thanksgiving dinner with a hungry child here in New York City by giving to our annual "Box of Love®" campaign tradition.
Even more important than the food itself, a caring Christian neighbor, sharing that Box of Love®, will form a loving connection to that family ... and from there, only God knows what will happen! We've seen lives TRANSFORMED.
Travel with us, for example, to the Richmond Hills area of New York City ...
Many people in this neighborhood are struggling financially. Nine out of 10 have had to cut back on FOOD just to pay their RENT.
But a neighborhood church called The Worship Center gratefully received 60 Boxes of Love® from us. They asked their church members (not wealthy themselves) to take Boxes of Love to their neediest neighbors ... simply sharing God's love in person, heart-to-heart.
In every Box, as always, was a "main course" (a turkey, a ham, or chicken), along with vegetables, potatoes, juice, stuffing, apple or cranberry sauce, rice, fruit, dessert, and more ...
Plus a gospel presentation — a complete New Testament and Christian literature.
The Worship Center teams fanned out the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
A woman named Rani, her husband a drug dealer, had been begging and borrowing from relatives in order to buy food for herself and her daughter.
She was overjoyed to receive the bountiful supply of food in the Box of Love — and arrived at church the very next day.
She came to faith, and she has continued to attend the church with her 11-year-old daughter.
A mother named Sara was captivated by the gospel — and showed up at church the next Sunday with her seven- and 11-year-old sons.
Today all three are joyful, active members of the church — and praying for their dad to join them!
A middle-aged woman named Lena was overjoyed to receive the Box of Love and immediately began attending the church. She was soon able, through a connection in the congregation, to find a good job.
And she volunteers cleaning the church building.
A woman named Mina was at the lowest point of her life. Her husband had run off with another woman, abandoning her and their two teens. Mina had no job; finances were terribly tight. The Box of Love made a powerful impact.
It wasn't long before she and her children were coming to church. There they discovered God's love for the very first time. The children are active in Sunday school. A few weeks later, Mina was baptized!
And through someone in the church, Mina found work at a local store.
The gift we're inviting you to give today isn't just for one holiday meal. It's for the sake of transformed lives ... it's for the sake of heaven.
Yes, there's an immediate need. But meet that need ... and you have an opportunity to introduce someone to Jesus. And rewrite eternity.
Every $41.40 you give will provide a family of six with a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
Maybe you can give $82.80 to share with two families. Or $165.60 to share with four families. Or more.
Whatever you feel led to do, we believe God has blessed you and us so that we can be there for the poor in difficult times like.
We've seen it happen over and over ... needy people giving praise and thanks to God, because someone like you shared the bounty of God's blessing.
That's something to celebrate! We invite you to join in the celebration today, by giving a generous Thanksgiving gift to Cru®.
As caring Christians provide the funds, we will provide 4,700 Boxes of Love for our partner ministries to deliver to needy children and families. If funds are received beyond the need or beyond the product acquisition date, they will be devoted to the urgent needs of the poor through the outreaches of the Inner City ministry of Cru in New York City.