A Message From Patrick

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R. Patrick Hayle

Somehow the year has flown past and it is nearly Christmas. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, Mercy Support Services joins all of you in giving thanks for another year of helping our brothers and sisters in need.

This year, Mercy will be reaching out to supporters on Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the day after “Cyber Monday.” Giving Tuesday was established as a day of philanthropy in the midst of holiday buying….a day to remember those who are less fortunate at a time when we are counting our blessings.

This year, we are creating “Give Mercy Day” as a way for our supporters to share their blessings with Clay County neighbors in need. We will be creating a special website where supporters can #GiveMercy or watch the progress as we head toward our goal of $10,000!

We are asking all of you not only to support #GiveMercyDay with your donation, but to visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on that day. By clicking on “Like” and “Share” you can spread the word to family and friends and help us meet our goal. As an added incentive to support us, we have received an offer from one of our major donors to match every Give Mercy Day gift up to a maximum of $5,000.

Give Mercy Day is one way to tell others about the good work Mercy Support Services has accomplished. Each year, more than 1,600 calls are handled by volunteers and staff in the Resource Call Center. Through our Care Coaches, we help people in crisis find housing, food, assistance with rent or utilities, clothing and other necessities. Education and training also are provided to help people get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. Mercy gives a hand up, not a hand out.

Through December, Mercy Support Services will be asking our supporters and friends to make a tax-deductible donation either as a one-time gift or as part of an ongoing monthly pledge. These gifts can be made online, or by calling our office. However you choose to “Give Mercy” this year, I hope that you will share your blessings with us along with your prayers for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

May God bless you!

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