Spirit of giving

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week culminates in local fundraiser

John Townsend, best-selling author and emcee of The Rescue Mission's annual banquet.

John Townsend, best-selling author and emcee of The Rescue Mission's annual banquet.

Next week, many of us will be gathering around tables with friends and family, a feast laid out before us with a plethora of dishes and delicacies to choose from. Many of us will be in the comfort of warm homes, kids running around playing with some football on the television.

There are others, though, with nowhere to go.

And there will be no feast.

This week marks National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and on Friday the Rescue Mission will hold it’s annual Celebration & Stewardship Banquet at the Memorial Coliseum.

The fundraiser will feature music by Grammy-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman and testimony from former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry — who has dealt with fame, addiction and jail time before becoming a born-again Christian — as well his wife, Tracy.

Emceeing the event will be John Townsend, a New York Times best-selling author of a series of self-help books and founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine in California.

According to Townsend, who also hosts a syndicated radio show, organizations can benefit greatly by creating an attitude of giving throughout the year.

In his works, he says organizations can create an attitude of giving simply by boosting employee engagement, improving productivity and problem-solving skills, promoting communication in the workplace, setting appropriate boundaries and creating a healthy team atmosphere.

Positive attributes like that will seep out into the community.

And helping those in need or being reminded of them won’t just be a weekly thing as a holiday that involves a feast for many comes around the corner.

It can be a year-long way of life.

The Rescue Mission Celebration & Stewardship Banguet

Where: Memorial Coliseum

When: Friday, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: Can be purchased for $100 a piece — or a full table of 10 for $1,000 — at www.therescuemission.net

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