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Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

Helping the homeless in Hampton Roads

Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

NORFOLK, Va. – As frigid weather took hold of Virginia, we had a unique opportunity to respond right here at home. Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Norfolk, asked if there was any way Operation Blessing could help with a local need near our headquarters in Hampton Roads.

With the region facing record low temperatures the city was very concerned about the local homeless population. While there are shelters, many of the homeless still remain on the street and during the daylight hours also need to stay warm.

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Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

Food for her grandchildren

Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

PENNSYLVANIA – When their son passed away three years ago, Linda and Nelson immediately took in their four grandchildren—providing them with a loving home and everything they needed to get by.

But a car accident had already forced Linda onto disability, so she spends her days taking care of the kids and volunteering to help those in need at a local food pantry. Then an accident left Nelson with a painful back injury—ending his career in demolition work.

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Operation Blessing partners with The Salvation Army to bring Christmas to thousands of struggling families this Christmas

The gift of Christmas for hurting families

Operation Blessing partners with The Salvation Army to bring Christmas to thousands of struggling families this Christmas

VIRGINIA – When Jaime, a single mother of three, started feeling pain behind her right eye, a friend insisted that she go to the ER, where she underwent emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm. The surgery was successful, but Jaime was unable to work for more than a month, putting her family in a difficult position.

Finances were so tight that Jaime didn’t even have enough money to buy Christmas presents for her seven-year-old and turned to Operation Blessing and The Salvation Army.

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A young family receives the special blessing of groceries and overcomes hunger thanks to an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry

A bountiful blessing

A young family receives the special blessing of groceries and overcomes hunger thanks to an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry

ALABAMA – With a 6-month-old baby girl and a wife to take care of, Christopher worked hard to pay the bills and put food on the table, holding down a full-time job fabricating granite countertops during the day and working a part-time job at night.

When Christopher’s company was forced to scale back due to the rough economy and he was let go, Christopher became worried that he would not be able to make ends meet while he looked for another job.

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Faith and her family receive help from an Operation Blessing-supported food distribution center when they need it most

Faith, hunger and the gift of food

Faith and her family receive help from an Operation Blessing-supported food distribution center when they need it most
TENNESSEE – Little Faith was just a baby when her father lost his job—but now, three years later, a rough economy and competitive job field has put her family face to face with hunger.

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