City Mission hosts Christmas on the Corner

On Friday, December 19, the Old Savannah City Mission celebrated “Christmas on the Corner-I” of Burroughs and 33rd Street. The Mission’s Urban Training Institute students under the supervision of Bill Stiles, the Mission’s Director of Operations & Facilities, have completed two phases of an improvement project they began in July. In a press conference in July, Rev. Jim Lewis promised Mayor Otis Johnson and Chairman of the County Commission, Pete Liakakis a special Christmas gift…an improved neighborhood. Rev. Lewis presented Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson and Robert E. James, President of Carver State Bank, with a framed before and after picture of the area. Jackson accepted the gift on behalf of Mayor Johnson.

City Mission Donors and volunteers also distributed gifts of food and toys to selected needy families who live in the area. Urban Training Institute students accompanied donors/volunteers to the selected families to present the gifts and other donations. “It’s a face to face, heart to heart opportunity to show what Christmas is all about,” Rev. Lewis said. “As always, the Mission depends upon people of good will to be generous. This event is unique in that donors participate directly in sharing their compassion and personal blessing,” he noted.

Christmas on the Corner-I concluded with music and a delicious smoked turkey Christmas dinner prepared by Wiley McCrary, owner of Championship BBQ.

The Mission also celebrated Christmas on the Corner-II on December 20 on the corner of Bull Street and Maupas. Rev. Lewis said, “If you treat people as they are, you condemn them to stay that way.” In keeping with his idea, the Mission provided another delicious smoked turkey Christmas dinner to all its friends and neighbors in attendance.

The Old Savannah City Mission is located at 2414 Bull Street. The Mission provided over 122,000 meals and nearly 28,000 nights of shelter in 2007.

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