Edmond Mobile Meals picks up Christmas grant

Edmond Mobile Meals Assistant Director Cristi Twenter, at left, and Director Piper Riggs receive a $12,000 grant from Pastor Tony Doland, Life.Church Oklahoma City LifeGroups/LifeMissions pastor Thursday. The 24 Life.Church campuses across the nation have made 43 partnerships in communities.

Life.Church Oklahoma City representatives renewed their partnership made last year to Edmond Mobile Meals as they presented a grant to the organization Thursday.

The $12,000 check was an extension of the pledge started by Life.Church OKC to build a community relationship.

The donation is based on volunteers and the impact the organization has in their community. Life.Church engages resources and grants to help the organization, said Ashley Winkler, Life.Church OKC LIfeGroups/LifeMissions administrative assistant.

There are 24 campuses across the U.S. which have made 43 partnerships in their communities.

“We love seeing what God is doing through Edmond Mobile Meals to provide hot, nourishing meals to elderly and disabled people who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. When we chose your organization as a local mission partner earlier this year, we were excited about the possibilities of our relationship. Now, we see the passion our volunteers have for pouring into the lives of the elderly and disabled in the Edmond area, and we know it’s nothing short of God’s work,” said Pastor Tony Doland, LifeGroups/LifeMissions pastor, as he presented Piper Riggs, Edmond Mobile Meals director, the $12,000 grant.

Doland went on to say members of Life.Church believe in what Edmond Mobile Meals does in the community as they provide meals for those who are physically unable to do it for themselves.

He told Riggs that Edmond Mobile Meals is known as an organization of integrity and trust.

“It’s an honor to partner with you and we’re eager to see how God will continue to use these relationships to restore and transform lives in the future,” Doland said.

According to Riggs, the donation from Life.Church will go towards providing over 2,300 meals to homebound friends and neighbors.

“We are so honored that they would choose us as a mission partner and are grateful for the volunteers who have joined EMM over the past year because of this partnership,” Riggs said.

Kathy Gold, a member of Life.Church as well as a volunteer for Mobile Meals shared the story of her father who is an Edmond Mobile Meals client.

“One night when I asked my father if he had eaten dinner he replied with, ‘I had a great dinner, Vienna sausages and M&Ms.’”

Gold said she knew it was time to look for help so he could eat more nutritiously. She found Edmond Mobile Meals and soon started delivering meals for them. She added her children, Megan and Michael, started going with her to deliver meals when they were very young, and now they are Oklahoma Christian School sophomores. Megan still volunteers on her school breaks.

Edmond Mobile Meals is currently serving 200 clients a day on 15 routes with a volunteer force of over 250 dedicated citizens, Riggs said.

“In 2015 we have served over 400 different people with almost 45,000 meals, and we continue to add to that number on a weekly basis.

EDMOND MOBILE MEALS has a Christmas Wish List posted on their website. For more information visit edmondmobilemeals.org/news-events/m.blog/41/christmas-wish-list.

Life.Church is an American evangelical multi-site church with multiple locations. Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church. As of May 2015, there are 24 Life.Church locations in seven states. Life.Church has recently changed its website from lifechurch.tv to Life.Church.

Life.Church OKC is at 2001 N.W. 178th St. in Edmond on the corner of Pennsylvania and Northwest 178th Street. For more information, call 478-5433 or visit www.Life.Church.

A native Oklahoman, retired school teacher Patty Miller taught journalism and English for 30 years before beginning her second career as a reporter for The Edmond Sun in 2000. She is a previous winner of the OPA's Beachy Musselman Award.

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