NEWS FROM APRIL 2019
April was a busy and blessed month as we served a total of 920 breakfasts; 2,635 lunches; and 1,144 snacks. We also welcomed many visitors and volunteers such as Commissioner Melissa McKinley who accepted the Fresh from Florida Challenge and donated delicious strawberries for us to serve. We truly appreciate her and thank her for all that she does for the Glades communities! Another thank you to Tellus Products, Becky Serafini, & Matt Hoffman for also accepting the #GiveFreshChallenge and donating eco-friendly plates made from Florida-grown sugarcane fiber. If you have not tried Tellus Products yet, we encourage you to visit our friends over at Belle Glade Wholesale to pick some up. They are very durable, and it is a simple step you can take to help keep plastic and Styrofoam out of our landfills and waterways. Remember you can also check out through Amazon Smile by going to www.smile.amazon.com, and choosing the Light House Cafe Ministries of the Glades as your selected charity.
During April, we welcomed back Pastor Danny, the pastor at the Life Center here in Belle Glade. Alongside two of his assistants, these wonderful stewards served the patrons and gave us a helping hand in accomplishing our daily works. Then, on April 16th, Liz Cabel from United Way of West Palm Beach brought two interns to tour the cafe. We were honored to share our program and mission with them. Likewise, we are excited to share that our longtime efforts devoted to preparing for a major power outage by installing generator systems are finally complete! This is a significant step in being able to further our service to the community and those in need.
Just before our Easter event, we had a little scare with our walk-in freezer when the temperature increase to higher than it should be. We called Kirby Norman, and he quickly came to the rescue. Thankfully, with his quick response and knowledge, everything was back to running correctly, and we continued along with our Easter plans. Our Easter gathering was held on Thursday, April 18th. We served a delicious meal and distributed a hygiene bag to each of the patrons. The cafe was then closed on Good Friday and the Monday after Easter to allow for our volunteers to celebrate our risen Saviour and spend time with their families.
Lastly, it is with our deepest sorrow to share the news that one of our exceptional volunteers, Mr. Claude Seymore, went home to the Lord. Mr. Seymore was 94 years young. He was a beacon of light and a faithful servant of God. All of us will miss him deeply. As always, thank you for your ongoing support, and we kindly ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers.
Martha Lynn Weeks