What a different year this has been for so many due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you, your family, and your workplace have been safe through all this. Our prayers at Love & Care have been going up for our community, the Big Country, and our nation since day one of this pandemic. We truly trust God through all of this.

Mission Thanksgiving is held each year to benefit the work of Love & Care. We are a few short months away, and many have been asking if it will happen because of the pandemic. The answer is Yes, but this year will be done in a whole new way. We are preparing as I write this letter to go from a one-day event to a full week. We believe if we stretch it out over multiple days, it will allow us to have a socially distanced and safe Mission Thanksgiving. So, beginning Monday, November 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., we will start collecting items at Love & Care Ministries, 233 Fannin Street. That will continue through Thursday, November 19. Then on Friday, November 20, our normal scheduling at Arrow Ford, 4001 South 1st Street, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This year our needs have changed a little. Due to the last 7 months, these items are very important to us as we move into next year. Non-perishable food (residential & commercial), soft drinks & bottled water, frozen meat (deer or cow), sleeping bags & blankets, new underwear & socks (all sizes for men, women and children), coats (all sizes for men, women and children), travel size personal hygiene items and monetary donations.

Over the past 21 years of Mission Thanksgiving, the donors of Abilene and the Big Country have been amazing. Please consider once again helping us reach the homeless and the poor as a Wall of Love Sponsor by giving $500 or more, but always remember, any donation big or small become a great blessing to those we serve. If you have any question, please feel free to call us at Love & Care, 325-670-0246.

Thank you, Pastor Mark Hewitt & Associate Director Zack Hewitt

"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." (Proverbs 14:31)

How to Help

Businesses, families, and individuals can become a sponsor for this major event by donating a minimum of $500, which will help feed 1,600 people. All of the sponsors will be graciously thanked via radio stations and posters at the event. 

Volunteer by contacting Love and Care Ministries for more information: 
(325) 670-0246
233 Fannin Street
Abilene, Texas 79603

Need Items

  • Monetary Donations
  • Frozen Meat
  • Non-perishable Food (Pop top cans are very good)
  • Socks
  • Underwear & Thermal Underwear
  • Boots & Shoes
  • Coats
  • Blankets & Sleeping Bags
  • Clothing
  • Bottled Water & Other Drinks
  • Travel size personal hygiene items
  • Toys

Event Information

Monday, November 16th - Thursday, November 19th

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Love and Care Ministries

(325) 670-0246

233 Fannin Street

Abilene, Texas 79603


Friday, November 20, 2020

Arrow Ford

4001 South 1st Street

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Contact Allison Alvarez For More Information