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United Way ShoeboxesShowing that DC Cares

Many thanks to the United Way of the National Capital Area and Major Gifts Coordinator Mary Jo Bean for donating "care packages" for our neighborhood's homeless. As part of their 2012 Shoebox Project, the United Way and community volunteers packed hundreds of shoeboxes, many elaborately decorated, with toiletries, rain ponchos, can openers and other essentials for those living outside. Central Union Mission received 350 boxes to give to our Overnight Guests and the women and children our Outreach Department serves.

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"Time to Clean Your Cabinets and Drawers?

Even with those wonderful shoeboxes, our need for toiletries continues. Do you have travel size goodies cluttering up your bathroom closet? We need soap, shampoo, lotion, disposable razors and shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant and toilet paper for our Overnight Guests--as well as supplies for the women in our community. Please drop off your donations at the Mission at 1350 R Street, Washington, DC 20009, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Also this summer, Walt Disney Pictures and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions is sponsoring a new socks and underwear drive to promote the August release of the movie "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Bring your donations to the sock-collection box at Central Union Mission after July 9.

Birthday Cake
Cakes fit to celebrate a century.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Talley-Lewis

Central Union Mission congratulates Mrs. Anna Talley-Lewis on her 100th birthday celebrated at the Mission Senior Luncheon on June 20. Our senior citizens enjoyed guest speaker Rev. Lillian "Mae" Jenkins from First Baptist Church of Glenarden and a special "century" birthday cake for Mrs. Talley-Lewis, born on June 1, 1912. We're grateful to our volunteers from John Wesley AME Zion Church (Washington, DC).

Mrs. Lewis found out about the Mission's Senior Lunches about four years ago. When she was left stranded without a ride on R St., Senior Chaplain Ted Ross came to her rescue and has been chauffeuring her to Senior Luncheons ever since.

Central Union Mission has been hosting senior luncheons for nearly 17 years as a way for older neighbors to fellowship and engage in fun activities that provide spiritual uplift and a healthy meal. They play bingo, win prizes and receive groceries to supplement their personal pantries. The monthly luncheon reflects the Mission's commitment to serve the poor and hungry and demonstrates compassion toward those in need.

This month's luncheon is on July 11 at 10:00 am at the Central Union Mission chapel. If you would like to volunteer to serve meals or help with bingo, please contact Seamus Merrigan at

Birthday girl
Many congratulations to Mrs. Anna Talley-Lewis, our newest centenarian.

Crystal Clarke
The Mission's own Crystal Clarke, Communications and Outreach Special Asst, singing at the luncheon.

Central Union Mission | 1350 R Street NW | Washington, DC 20009 | 202.745.7118 |

Mission Statement:
To glorify God through proclaiming and teaching the gospel, leading people to Christ, developing disciples, and serving the needs of hurting people throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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