How many times have you driven by a homeless person holding a sign stating they will work for food wishing you could help them; yet, were concerned you may only feed what keeps them on the street? In our fast paced and often dangerous world, this is a very real dilemma. In Nashville alone, there are 11,000 adult and 4,000 children who are homeless. This is a plight that is hard to ignore. There are really no easy answers to this dilemma. Thankfully, there is a ministry right here in Nashville, that has met the needs of the homeless and disenfranchised right where they live. In November of 2004, Candy Christmas began bringing large pots of homemade jambalaya to people living under the Jefferson Street Bridge; and from that small start The Bridge Ministry was born. Today, The Bridge Ministry makes 36,000 meals and gives away 720K pounds of food annually. From large pots of homemade jambalaya brought to a few hungry men, the ministry has grown to feeding the homeless in Nashville at the Tuesday evening services. In addition, The Bridge aids schoolchildren on assisted lunch programs by filling their backpacks with food on Friday afternoons so that they have food over the weekend; and, provides over 2000 toys and gifts for needy children and families at Christmas. Starting this past summer, the ministry began “The Bridge to Kids Summer Program”, making sure that no child goes hungry during the summer. A 20,000 square foot warehouse in Nashville stores food for the Tuesday evening service, as well as acts as a local food bank for other area ministries.
In honor of the decade of service to the homeless, The Bridge is holding “A Night to Remember” on Thursday, September 25, 2014. “A Night to Remember” is The Bridge Ministry’s biggest fundraising event. This year the concert’s proceeds will continue furnishing the Tuesday evening meal services, providing the toys and gifts at Christmas, the lunch programs and the kid’s summer program. Your involvement will help the program continue to aid people in need.
Amy Grant will be the keynote speaker for “A Night to Remember” and the evening will feature a performance by Voices of Lee. We will also be remembering Al and Era Jaynes, dear friends who tirelessly supported the ministry’s efforts over the past years. This will be a wonderful celebratory evening of entertainment at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.
The main ways to get involved are:
- Sponsoring a table
- Being an event sponsor
- Giving a one-time gift or
- Pledging a monthly gift
With so many options to allow you to support this wonderful ministry, would you please consider attending "A Night to Remember" or donating a generous gift? Some levels of sponsorship give your organization exposure before the event. The Bridge is a federally recognized 501(c )(3)organization, which means all donations are tax deductible.
Please call Dawn Murphy if you would like to participate. Her direct line is (615) 855-2611 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bridge is honored to live out the words of Jesus when he said, “…inasmuch as ye gave done it unto one of the lease of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)