PHCC Backpacks which became Third Monday Meal Gifts
The Christmas Backpacks ministry has now become a historical
one, although it lasted for 7 years! In November 2016 we began
distributing items to homeless persons at the Third Monday Meal
each month. Currently, we plan on gifts for 120 people per month.
The backpack ministry was repeated every year
through Christmas of 2015,
and as long as we can muster the resources
we plan to continue serving the homeless
population of Little Rock, Arkansas through
the new program: Third Monday Gifts, also
known as Hillcrest Helping the Homeless.
The need will certainly be there.
At PHCC we look for ways to serve our
fellow human beings wherever and
This tradition began at Christmas 2009
when PHCC members filled
backpacks which were distributed on
Christmas day by our minister and
some volunteers. There were a truckload of
backpacks, but there was such a
greater need! We could have distributed
many more that day.
This was only the beginning.
In 2011, on Christmas Day in the morning,
four PHCC members, including our minister,
delivered 100 Backpacks to homeless people
in Little Rock, Arkansas. The story
of how they got filled is here. This is an
example of a ministry that we started on
our own, and we completed another set of packs
for 100 Backpacks 2012. These hundred
backpacks were delivered on Christmas Day 2012.
Christmas 2014 we placed 36
backpacks into the hands of homeless persons at
the Community Breakfast that takes place
weekly at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist. This
continues a PHCC tradition, which was in its
sixth year for 2014. Our backpacks number declined
in 2015, and the church began to look for a way to
continue to serve the homeless people of Little Rock
that would be equally useful and dynamic.
The following year we initiated the ongoing
Third Monday Meal Gifts ministry.