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Serving is the Real Gift

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At Long Hollow, we want our single moms to know how much they’re admired and appreciated. It’s a pleasure to offer The Gift again this year to help with that!

Saturday, December 5 Nashville-area single moms are invited to join us for breakfast and lunch, unique sessions created especially for single moms, quality programming for your children (6 weeks old-5th grade), giveaways, and more. Jackie McDonald has served at the Gift in years past, and cannot wait to be a part of it again. She tells us more about serving at the Gift below:

The first time I was able to serve at The Gift was two years ago. I had heard what a great event it was and what a blessing it is to so many single moms, but I had no idea the impact it would make on my life. It TOTALLY WRECKED me and broke my heart as I heard so many stories from these ladies. I have met ladies from all walks of life, all ages, and in all different situations. Some have shared how this event helped them get gifts for their children, connect with other single moms, gave them a day out with childcare, and one even continued to come to church and was baptized!

It opened my eyes to what God is calling us all to do. 

You see, for me, it didn’t just end with serving at The Gift. I felt compelled to do more.  On the way home, I kept thinking of the verse where Jesus said,”From everyone who has been given much much will be demanded; and the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) The more resources, talents, and understanding we have, the more we are responsible to use them effectively. This does not necessarily mean financially, although it could.

As I prayed, I felt so overwhelmed and said, “But Lord we can’t help everybody.” I felt him say,” NO, but we can help just ONE.” And I was reminded of the story of the ONE sheep, the ONE coin, and the ONE son. This has been my prayer each year as I meet ladies at The Gift. Lord, just send ONE who needs to see YOU in some way. 

The Gift is one of the best ministries we have here at Long Hollow, and I can testify just from the two years I have been involved that I have seen the impact it has made on so many single moms lives. But it also has had a tremendous impact on my life. 

Being able to serve these ladies who are being both mom and dad is not a duty, but an honor I GET to do. I look forward to each year. 

You can sign-up to serve at The Gift this year at longhollow.com/thegift.

November 10, 2015

LH Men at The Gift

Last Saturday was my third year to serve at The Gift for Single Moms. I was cold & tired. I really didn’t want to come, but I jumped in my truck and headed to Long Hollow. As we vacuumed so many cars that really needed work, I realized the blessing we were giving someone else was worth it. I imaged how good it would feel to have someone clean my car. I love the joy that I got as each car was completed. Some of those students did car after car and never complained. I made a few of them go warm up because they wouldn’t quit. It was just awesome to be able to bless others and to know that God will bless us. I can’t wait ’til next year.

Kurt Riley | Hendersonville
December 11, 2013

3 Years at The Gift

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This was my third year to attend The Gift. I’ve learned that each of our experiences are unique as we each find ourselves in the position of “single mom” for many different reasons.

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December 11, 2013

Mom & Daughter Serving Together

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My husband and I volunteer in the children’s department on Sunday mornings. So, when we heard The Gift for Single Moms was looking for volunteers, we felt this would be a great way to not only help out but to get our children involved, as well.

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December 11, 2013

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