Local Outreach Projects
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For the past 2-3 years we have been
using donations to purchase "Gift Cards" from our local
and WalMart stores. When we hear of a
needy veteran or family we offer them the cards to help them get back on their
feet. The cards range from $20 - $25 and can be used to purchase
foodstuffs are well as tangibles. Alcohol and cigarettes cannot be
purchased with them per our agreement with these stores. We are thankful
to the management of the local Safeway and
stores for their willingness to assist us in reaching out to our communities
Our outreach operates by
"faith". We believe that God will provide our needs if we are
obedient to Him. Through the years we have had a Benevolent
Fund available for emergency situations. A veteran may be short
on food or need help with a utility bill. Perhaps a bus ticket is needed
to reach a destination in order to begin a job or meet a family need. We
in Point Man are ministered to as God brings
the needs and meets them with His provisions.
Enduring Freedom Care Package and Letter Writing Campaign
Following the Terrorist attack on
the World Trade Center buildings someone we watch the increased build-up of
troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and other places. Hank suggested that
we begin a program to reach out to the active duty personnel. Being
veterans ourselves it did not take long for us to formulate a plan.
and WalMart stores would again step to
the plate with donations and space for our Photo Displays of active duty
personnel from the South Coast region. Here is a copy of our plan that was
in action back then:
"Point Man Ministries" has been established in the Coos Bay area since 1988. Our local "Outpost" is an outreach to Veterans of all conflicts as well as active duty personnel. Our target area is the entire South Coast region.
Due to the current political atmosphere, Point Man has decided to begin reaching out to current active duty personnel via a letter writing campaign as well as providing "Care Packages" to those on duty overseas. We know how good it felt to be recognized while we were in the service and want to reciprocate by honoring our current soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from the South Coast.
Both the Coos Bay and North Bend Safeway Stores, as well as the Coos Bay Wal-Mart, have joined with us in this venture. All (3) stores will be displaying an "Enduring Freedom Photo Display" of our active duty men and women from the South Coast.
How can you assist us? 1) Provide us with names/addresses of your loved ones who are serving. All personal information will be kept confidential. 2) Spread the word of our activity. 3) Volunteer to be a letter writer. 4) Donate needed supplies/stamps for the project. 5) Contribute a financial donation to our "Care Package Fund". Point Man is a 501(c)3 organization so we can provide you with a tax-exempt receipt. We are committing 100% of all donations to the project. Please send your names/donations to: PMM, P.O. 1045, Coos Bay, Or 97420
Perhaps you can interest your school, office, church, business, club, etc. into accepting the challenge to team up with Point Man in this project. All of our coastal and inland towns are being affected by current events. Letís join together as a community to reach out to those from our South Coast region who are defending our Nationís freedom. Your gift will bring warmth and joy to a loved one serving in a foreign land or on a vessel at sea.
Point Man meets every Tuesday at 7 PM in the basement of the Foursquare Church at 5th and Donnelly. If you are a veteran or on active duty feel free to come fellowship with us.
Beginning of Wal-Mart Display Mike Harris with Check Beginning of NB Safeway Display
Point Man Ministries
P.O. Box 1045
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
Around 2001 Point Man joined forces with VVA Chapter 799 to construct an "Avenue of Flags" at the Rink Creek Cemetery south of Coquille, Oregon. The goal of the project was to honor those who have fallen in service to their country as well as the active duty and veteran population for their service. Approximately 25-30 holes were excavated and filled with concrete to hold the flag poles. Point Man and VVA Chapter 799 have taken the responsibility of setting the flags and maintaining them during Veteran's Day and other key holidays.
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