With the Advent Season upon us, I am reminded of the great love our Savior has for each and every one of his children and how he has manifested that love through all of you. It is a time to reflect on the ups and downs of the year past and this year CCS has much to be grateful for.
2017 has been a very challenging year for many, CCS included. More than once we have had to reach out to our loving community for help and you have answered that call each time. When the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program was at-risk, you showed up in droves to welcome our newly arrived refugees and make them feel loved. When crime escalated in the Rio Grande area, you never stopped coming to serve lunch and dinner to our homeless friends, providing them with a hug and smile they could not find elsewhere. When the amount of hungry children in our community increased and their need for more access to food grew, you helped us build a new warehouse to expand our services and meet that need.
Although this year has been full of new and difficult challenges, I am grateful for it. I have been humbled and privileged to witness our community come together on multiple occasions to put other’s needs first, to help the poor, the refugee, the dispossessed. This outpouring of support and service, I will never be able to properly thank, but will remember the rest of my life.
Each day we are faced with opportunities to emulate Christ by lifting up someone in need. Let us not forget Christ’s love for us and his enduring teachings. Let us care for the sick, poor, and homeless, and make the decision today and every day to answer the door, to head the call for help. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can we welcome the refugee, the immigrant, the homeless, the hungry. Join us by making a donation to bless those in need and save lives today.
Bradford R. Drake