For many, Christmas-time means taking a break from everything, but for Paul Mahaffie and the Gospel Mission of Siouxland, Christmas Eve is just another day they can spend helping others.
“Handing out food through the pantry, again, just continuing what we do every day,” said Mahaffie. “Feeding over 250-300 a day, just letting people know there’s a place for help.”
The mission provides food and shelter to the less fortunate all through the season.
But for some, a meal and a roof over their head isn’t what they need. And that’s where LifeServe Blood Center comes in.
“Unfortunately, not everyone can spend the holiday at home with their loved ones,” said Claire DeRoin, from LifeServe. “There are hospital patients across Siouxland who will need a blood transfusion as a part of their treatment and as long as there’s someone who needs blood and there’s someone who’s willing to donate the blood for them, we’ll be here.”
By collecting blood, LifeServe can give the gift of life to those in dire need this Christmas.
“Christmas is a very busy time of year and we understand that,” said DeRoin. “There are so many things going on and so many places to go, but blood donation only takes an hour and it will have such a huge impact in the community. It’s a good thing to do year-round but especially around the holidays.”
Staying open through Christmas is very important for the employees of these organizations
“To us that work here, it’s just so meaningful to be used by God in such a way that we can reach out to others and show them true love and true caring,” said Mahaffie.
Thanks to places like the Mission and LifeServe, those in need of support can get the help they need, regardless of the day on the calendar.