Pride for Parents Toy Store operated for three days in December to help parents provide toys for their children during Christmas. The Pride for Parents Toy Store is based on the simple belief that families would prefer to help provide for their children at Christmas rather than receive a handout. November was a busy month as parents began the sign-up process, Santa's list was made, shopping began, volunteers started signing up and donations started coming in! Each year we have monetary donations given by groups and individuals in Dyer County and Lauderdale County. Approximately 20 volunteers from the Dyersburg Noon Rotary Club volunteered to help transform the gym into a dazzling Toy Store complete with a 10 foot beautifully decorated tree, wreaths around the gym, and creatively displayed tables. Upon arrival, parents were treated to hot cider, cookies, doughnuts and festive Christmas music while they shopped for their children. Twenty-eight volunteers from First Baptist Church Dyersburg and our community wrapped over 600 gifts over the course of three days! Thanks to the generous donations and volunteers, we were able to provide Christmas gifts, personal hygiene items, stocking stuffers, mittens and hats to over 200 children!
The parents who participated were overwhelmed with gratitude. "The Toy Store is truly a blessing! The Mission means the world to me. It makes me happy to see my kids happy," said one parent. "I so enjoyed volunteering at the Toy Store. It was neat to be able to visit with the shoppers and they were so thankful. This was such a fun part of my Christmas," exclaimed one of the volunteers. Another volunteer shared that a couple of years ago she couldn't afford to buy toys for Christmas for her children and the Mission stepped in and helped. She wanted to give back to the Toy Store by volunteering because now she's able to provide for her family! What wonderful testimonials from our parents and our volunteers!
Camp Fest was held at New Life Union Mission Youth Camp 1270 Meeks Road, Halls, TN on Saturday September 14, 2019.
89 people came and enjoyed Cane Pole Fishing, Archery, Nine Square, Disc Golf, Cornhole, GaGa Ball, Petting Zoo, Walking Camp Trails, Food and more!
BENEFITING NEW LIFE YOUTH CAMP AND MISSION YOUTH CLUBS
THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 EVENT SPONSORS
First Citizens National Bank
Forcum Lannom Contractors, LLC
Bradshaw and Company, Insurors
Rough Country Suspension Systems
Art Craft Signs
Delta Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
Dyersburg Electric System
Tim Castellaw Automotive
White & Associates Insurance
Mission Youth Clubs, Youth Enterprises, New Life Youth Camp
Through healthy relationships with positive role models, we strive to help kids develop a relationship with Jesus and encourage each child to grow spiritually, academically, socially and physically, thereby equipping them to become productive citizens.
The Mission offers MYC Clubs for youth in grades 1-12. The Clubs are set up for Primary School (Grades 1 and 2) Intermediate School (Grades 3-5) Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). Each club meets two afternoons each week at either the Mission Youth Center or First Baptist Dyersburg. We also have a Tuesday club that meets at First Baptist Church Halls. Our youth staff members and volunteers work with local schools and parents in the application process to determine which students best fit the Mission’s criteria for being at-risk and in need of club programs. Club activities include recreation time, snacks, crafts, life skills, Bible, field trips, other activities and 4H. Students are transported to and from Club each day. Club is free to children who attend. Why not consider volunteering at Club? Club started back August 14th.
Youth Enterprises is an extra program currently offered to High School students who are members of Mission Youth Clubs. Club students receive job training to design and create greeting cards which are then sold to the public. Students are able to earn money making the cards and learning some basic principles of operating a business. In addition, they are taught what qualities will make them more marketable and employable in the future. Local business and community leaders are invited to meet with the students to talk about available jobs and the skills they require. Youth Enterprises is managed by the Mission Youth Center Director and staffed by committed volunteers who are either active or retired from the local business community. Why not consider volunteering at Youth Enterprises or purchasing some of their unique greeting cards?
Through healthy relationships with positive role models, we seek to glorify God by leading children to faith in Christ and growth in their faith. We seek to do this by providing a fun, positive, loving outdoor Christian camp experience where the kids are encouraged to grow socially, physically and spiritually.
New Life Youth Camp operates in the summer on a farm setting in Northwest Lauderdale County just outside of Halls, TN. Different age groups come for one week at a time. Campers enjoy activities such as swimming, kayaking, paddle boards, corcls, farm animals, inflatable water obstacle course, water slide, archery, crafts, chapel, Bible, hiking, and nature/wildlife presentations. Campers also receive a camp t-shirt! The students are transported to and from camp each day and are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch. New Life Youth Camp is offered at no cost to families. We had a great summer with 219 campers over a 6 week time period. Why not plan to volunteer and be a part of this exciting ministry?
Weekend Food for Kids provides meals for children who otherwise will not have enough food over the weekend. Students are recommended through their school by teachers or counselors after which parents are notified. The food is selected for ease of preparation and nutritional value, with the goal being to provide children with filling, easy to prepare food. A typical Weekend Food for Kids pack includes dried fruit, canned fruit, two canned entrees, two breakfast items, shelf-stable milk, 100% fruit juice, and crackers. The program is discreetly operated to ensure the privacy of the students involved. The program currently serves 200 children in elementary schools in Dyersburg, Dyer County and Halls. This year we will send home over 3,000 bags of weekend food with children. Money generated from our Thrift Stores and donors funds this program which costs $4.00 per week or $120.00 for the entire thirty weeks to provide food for one child. Amanda Jenkins volunteers to coordinate this program. She and many other volunteers buy, pack and deliver the sacks of food to the schools.