Monday, September 17, 2012

Do You Believe in Miracles!!!

Dear SoupFriends,

Greetings from the SoupMan!

Do you believe in Miracles? How about a Christmas Miracle!!! It’s September and the SoupMobile has already experienced its first Christmas Miracle of the year. Let me explain.

As you may know the SoupMobile puts on an annual Christmas event called Celebrate Jesus. For seven consecutive years we have taken 500 homeless men, women and children off the streets of Dallas and put them up at the fabulous downtown Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel. It’s a wonderful affair with more than 2,000 volunteers in attendance. All of our homeless guests receive new clothes, fabulous gifts, lots of love and we hold a huge banquet for them and in their honor. Most important is that when they awake on Christmas morning it’s in a warm safe bed at the hotel.  It’s with deep appreciation that the SoupMobile thanks the Hyatt for 7 wonderful years. Our grateful thanks to the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel and all of their amazing staff. It’s truly a hotel with a heart. 

Earlier this year in January the Hyatt informed us that they could not accommodate our event for Christmas 2012 because of major remodeling issues. Needless to say, this was a major issue in our planning for 2012. As you can imagine, booking a world class hotel for 500 homeless people and more than 2,000 volunteers for Christmas is no easy task. It’s not as simple as just picking up the phone and making a reservation. 

Once we heard the news in January, the SoupMobile set up a search committee to find a new hotel. Under the direction of event chairman Lon Ricker, inquiries were made throughout the Dallas area. Lon said he wanted to continue to have the event held in the City of Dallas because that’s where the SoupMobile is headquartered.  More importantly Dallas is where we ‘Feed & Shelter’ our homeless friends.  For many months Lon and his team worked the back channels with the goal of finding a world class hotel located within the city limits of Dallas that could accommodate a massive event like Celebrate Jesus. 

Well SoupFriends, we have our Christmas Miracle. The SoupMobile has just signed a contract to hold it’s 8th Annual Celebrate Jesus Christmas event at the spectacular downtown Omni Dallas Hotel on December 24—25th, 2012.  Yes, the SoupMobile in partnership with the Omni is making room for 500 homeless men, women and children this Christmas.  

Who gets the credit for this Christmas Miracle?  In truth it was a team effort and with the help of a whole host of key people in Dallas working diligently behind the scenes , we now have our Christmas Miracle.  However the ultimate credit goes to the Lord most high. HE is the one who parted the Red Sea and made this all happen. At the SoupMobile we lead by following Christ. And as the Bible says, “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.”

Would you like to be part of this Christmas Miracle! Details on volunteering this Christmas at the Omni will be featured on the SoupMobile website starting on November 1, 2012.

May the Lord Bless & Keep You & Yours.
Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan

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