I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a red phone I think of the White House and the “hotline” developed after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963. This year, however, red phones take on a new meaning as I witnessed dozens of people call in to donate to Portland Rescue Mission during our yearly fundraising events.
I was honored to play a bigger role in preparing and planning for the telethons and radiothon this year, and after months of strategic planning and three extra-long days of event management, all of us at Edge are happy to say that this hard work made for a huge success for the Portland Rescue Mission events. The success of these events impacts not only Portland Rescue Mission, but the greater Portland community as a whole.
Over the course of the three events, tens of thousands of meals were raised to help feed hungry and homeless people in the greater Portland area. Each day of the year Portland Rescue Mission serves up to 700 meals and provides long term recovery programs and short term shelter to people in need. These basic needs that many of us have the opportunity to take for granted — clothing, food and shelter — mean so much to someone living on the streets with nowhere else to go. More important than the food and shelter, they are offered hope and a reason to continue with life.
Thank you to all of you who have donated time, money and talent this year. With the continued support of the community, Portland Rescue Mission will continue to be able to offer meals, shelter and services to people who need it most.
Although the red phones have been put away for the year, there is still a great need. Give back to the Portland community today – just $1.88 provides a meal for any man, woman or child. Find out more about the Portland Rescue Mission or donate online.