Christmas on the Corner I and II


Rev. Jim Lewis
Rev. Jim Lewis

Old Savannah City Mission is celebrating Christmas where many of those who come through its doors for help often live…on the corner.

On Friday, December 19, the Mission will celebrate “Christmas on the Corner-I” on a corner in a neighborhood where the Mission’s Urban Training Institute (UTI) students have been working for the past several months, west MLK, JR. BLVD between 33rd and 34th Streets. The students under the supervision of Bill Stiles, the Mission’s Director of Operations & Facilities have now finished two phases of their improvement project. In a press conference in July, Rev. Jim Lewis promised the Mayor Johnson and Chairman of the County Commission, Pete Liakakis a special Christmas gift. He promise to “deliver” the gift of a “before – after picture of the improved area.

The KEY component of this event will be the delivery of “Christmas” to a select group of families…families in need. Lewis wants to provide gifts of food and toys to selected needy families who live in this project. He’s asking for help. He is soliciting donors to give $100 which the Mission will use to purchase food for families assessed to have needs.

Lewis feels strongly about stewarding donated resources to the needy, not the greedy. If volunteers/donors would like to purchase the food, Lewis says the Mission will facilitate the delivery. Urban Training Institute students will accompany donors/volunteers to the selected families and make introductions. This part of “Christmas on the Corner-I” will conclude with music, the presentation of “the gift” to the Mayor Johnson and Chairman Liakakis and a delicious smoked turkey Christmas dinner prepared by Wiley McCrary, owner of Championship BBQ.

If you are interested in sharing at any level in “Christmas on the Corner-1, you are encourage to call (912) 232-1979 and speak with Mrs. Connell Stiles or Jim Lewis for more information. Jim’s cell number is (912) 655-5118. Gifts of $100 can come from churches, small groups, clubs or individuals. Gifts in any amount will be accepted, of course! CHRISTMAS ON THE CORNER-II

“The Third Annual Christmas on the Corner-II” will be Saturday, December 20 on the corner of Bull Street and Maupas. The event will begin at noon and the guests of honor will be our friends and neighbors. The Mission prefers to use this term rather thank call them homeless.

Lewis says, “If you treat people as they are, you condemn them to stay that way.”

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