March 26, 2019 - Melissa Bauer and Keith from the dock over at the old Lemp Brewery donated an amazing amount of brand new clothes! They filled our shuttle bus with boxes of clothes that made a huge difference for many! Thank you both!
September 13, 2018 - Then, God blessed us with a package from Bikers For Christ in Southern Texas! They sent us 120 Personal Dignity Kits that contained a hand towel, washcloth, comb, fingernail clipper or nail file, bar of soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, disposable razor, deodorant & shampoo from Midwest Mission Distribution Center that helped so many of our homeless brothers & sisters in need! Big thanks to Denny Roberts, aka Rooster, who rides his motorcycle in the St. Louis and Texas areas, for arranging this. He pulls over & talks to homeless individuals and asks if they'd like a kit. Once they're done talking, he asks if he can pray with them in order to send them off with God's blessing. He's definitely a Difference Maker in this world!
November 20, 2018 - We were a little worried about what to do for the needy families in our area for Thanksgiving dinner but Ace Grease Service, Inc in Millstadt took care of that! They stopped by with 12 cases of turkeys to bless those in need! Thanks to them and a bunch of volunteers who got together and made a wonderful meal, 48 needy & homeless families had a delicious dinner and full bellies!
August 26, 2018- A former Board Member was friends with an employee of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in O'Fallon, MO and she'd seen how hard Making A Difference worked to feed the homeless and she wanted to help bring more nutrition to their lives. A great relationship started that summer as Fresh Thyme started donating a huge quantity of various frozen meats to us twice monthly, so much that we needed to have a deep-freezer donated! Fresh Thyme also donates other food too, like tomatoes & bread. The camp residents, famlies in need and all of us at MAD are so grateful & appreciative of this special blessing!
June 7, 2019 - Every time we stop at Mady's Gaming Parlor in Troy to pick up donations, we are blessed with these mats! The kind ladies at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy have a program called Bags to Mats. They spend hours making mats out of plastic bags for our homeless friends and they are truly a labor of love! The mats are soft & comfortable and help keep our homeless friends from laying or sitting directly on the ground, which means so much to them. The ladies of the Bags to Mats program meet at 7pm on Tuesdays at the Troy Library so join them if you'd like to make a difference like this. We love opening the door of the donation trailer at Mady's and seeing the mats! Thank you so very much for these!
November 22, 2018 - Cody Long of Safeway Tree Service started a coat drive for Making A Difference and donated $100 to fill up the gas tanks of our shuttle buses! We didn't get a photo but wanted to include them because as a non-profit that runs on donations, we couldn't do this without special businesses like this!
March 23, 2019 - Our friends at Missing & Homeless were blessed with a truckload of brand new jogging pants, sweaters & women's underwear that they share with us! Many homeless people have been reunited with their loved ones thanks to Robin and her amazing group. Unfortunately, we didn't get photos of this amazingdonation but appreciate it dearly!
September 13, 2018 - Today was a day that filled our hearts! We received a few donations, including our biggest food donation yet! Meals For A Million provided us with a huge amount of cases of nutritional meals in sealed pouches that filled up both of our shuttle buses! Each pouch provided a complete meal for six children or four adults and contained rice & beans, macaroni & cheese, tomato & pasta, and cinnamon apple instant oatmeal! We were able to feed so many people with this and bring many smiles to their faces, including ours with this special blessing! What a difference they made! Thank you doesn't even begin to cover how grateful we were!
April 14, 2019 - Because of the generosity of Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets in O'Fallon, MO and their amazing twice monthly donations, we were able to donate hams to Angels of Saint Clair County for their communal picnic on Easter Sunday in Belleville. We love working with this great organization who works hard to help those in need in St. Clair County. It felt great to donate to another group and help them make a difference!
September 11, 2018 - Our friends at Highland Evangelical United Church of Christ surprised us with a wonderful donation! They made 100 blessing backpacks filled with much needed items such as hygiene kits, toiletries, snacks, socks & basic necessities! We love it when our community gets together to help make a difference! If your church or group would like to hold a donation drive or collect items for the needy, displaced and those we serve on the streets, please contact us.
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December 19, 2018 - Many thanks to our friends at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy for all of these awesome donations! In the first photo, there's mats made out of plastic bags that the wonderful ladies at the church make! They are so helpful for our homeless friends who have to sleep on the ground.
May 12, 2019 - Big thanks to Lisa HB. for this wonderful donation of candy! She saw a Snack Request plea we made when a friend of hers shared it and contacted us. Lisa works for a fun, specialty candy company called Lolli & Pops and donated a few cases of candy! Donations like this are such a special treat for the homeless and this sweet & thoughtful donation will really make their day! Thank you so much, Lisa!
April 28, 2019 - Alton Main Street had held a Pop-up Clothes Swap and asked us to stop by so they could donate some leftover clothes to Making A Difference. Expecting a bag or two of clothes, they were surprised & beyond excited to find 212lbs of men's clothing! Words can't express how thankful we were for this blessing! So many men benefited from this wonderful donation!
April 16, 2019 - We have to thank two other businesses for helping us make a difference! Benny's Bed and Biscuits in Maryville, formerly known as Cindy's Critter Camp, has been invaluable to us as a donation location and are very friendly people! Mady's Gaming Parlor in Troy is a newer location who lets us use a trailer at their business for people to drop off donations for our displaced friends, like the mats made of plastic bags for our displaced friends. We're grateful these two businesses are continuing to work with us as we switched ownership and we look forward to a long relationship!
November 13, 2018 - Best Hometown Bankin Collinsville believes in our community and likes to help! They held a donation drive and made a Caring Tree out of winter supplies like hats, coats, gloves & scarves for all of the homeless & needy people we serve! What a fun idea that benefited so many!
April 21, 2019 - We have been lucky to have Osborne Family Chiropractic as a supporter of Making a Difference! Not only do they collect donations for our homeless and needy friends as a donation location but they also donate items themselves! We asked online for donations to make snack bags for Easter dinner for our homeless friends and they went above & beyond, filling their trunk on April 21st! We're so happy they're continuing to be a part of our team! Thank you for the donations and being a part of our team! What a special group of people! If you need pain management, acupuncture & treatment for injuries, we highly suggest them.
February 28, 2019 - When it comes to the displaced men, women & children, we love finding items at excellent prices that will benefit them. Goodwill in St. Louis had an amazing deal where we could get all the blankets we could fit in a trailer for $20! Who could pass that up? Blankets are a top priority for us! Our Board member Michelle rustled up her friends & family and they headed on over & loaded up the trailer and their mini-van then took the blankets back to their house & loaded them all on the Blessing Bus! Our homeless friends will be warm when we serve downtown St. Louis on Tuesday nights!
April 13, 2019 - Two organizations have been invaluable to us and we want to thank them for staying on with the new ownership of MAD! Maryville Outreach Center is one, they have a great thrift shop there called Grandma's Attic, and our Anonymous Donor a few towns over. These two donors always have donations for us, from bags of clothes & special items like prom dresses to food like Little Caesars pizzas, bread, pastries, canned goods, snacks, milk & juices. We usually take the pizzas, bread, milk & juice & some clothes to the 15th Street Baptist Church in East St. Louis, who serve 300-350 people in need a week, and take some pizza to the homeless camp in Washington Park, and everything else is passed out when we serve. What a huge difference these two have made!
All donations mean a lot to us but sometimes we get them out of the blue and are completely surprised, sometimes we are in desperate need and not sure how to fulfill a need then a generous & caring business, group or person steps up and makes a difference. This page will be dedicated to those special donations.
May 3, 2019 - We're going to make blessing bags for pets to pass out when we serve. They'll consist of a Ziploc baggie of pet food, treats & a bottle of water, which will feed a dog or cat in immediate need. And, the plus side is Ziploc baggies are a requested item so it will be reused & helpful to the pet owners! We put out a plea for pet food and Hope 4 Paws Rescue gave us a huge donation of dog food, cat food and treats! They filled the back seat & trunk of Jerry's car! There are many homeless pet owners who can't feed their pet so they end up giving them some of their own food plus there's a lot of homeless pets out there on their own this will benefit. We have a background in rescue and love dogs & cats so one of our goals was to help them, too! And, this amazing donation gets us started!