- Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:34
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Mrs. Clift is a Stafford County resident I have known most of my life. She worked as a cafeteria manager for 17 years for Stafford County Public Schools and she has been a very active member at Mountain View Baptist Church here in King George County.
She has taught Sunday school for years, been a part of AWANA, which is a group that the Baptist church has for young people, and she has done dinners and arrangements through her church for most of the 30 years she has been a member of Mountain View.
In between all those activities and community services she has also been a child caregiver for many people to include my own daughters.
At 72 years old and using an oxygen tank while pushing a walker at times, Mrs. Clift is not exactly the person you would think of to take on a huge community service project. However, at the beginning of the year she got up very early one morning and heard the Lord tell her, “Feed 200 families.”
She wondered if she heard correctly and then she heard the voice again very clearly telling her, “Feed 200 families.”
She was wondering if she was dreaming since it was so early. She then wondered if her oxygen was acting up or something but then she realized that it was indeed the Lord speaking to her although she had never had an experience like that before. She knew she had to do what she was being told.
Did she take it all easily? No.
“Actually, I was very nervous about the idea.”
She got sick to her stomach and wondered how she was going to do it. But she was determined to do what she was told.
She had a few setbacks. She ended up in the hospital for a spell back in April. However, she had told her daughter what happened and her daughter was excited and supportive. Then her pastor came to see her in the hospital and she nervously told him what she was supposed to do.
Pastor Keith Robinson also was very supportive. Word got out at Mountain View Baptist Church and people in the congregation got busy. The church has been solidly behind the effort.
Mrs. Clift wants no praise or credit for the idea. She is simply happy to do what she knows the Lord told her to do with the help of others. So far she has raised about half of the $4,500 she needs and she has nearly 100 volunteers that have agreed to help her accomplish the mission. She has cooks, servers, trash crew, cleanup crew, bathroom monitors, desert people, beverage servers, check off people, a welcome crew, and a website designer and others. This came about relatively quickly as a project for the church with Mrs. Clift directing the effort.
What’s left? Well, Mrs. Clift was directed to feed 200 families in need. She knows there are 200 families out there that are needy. She needs them to sign up to come eat. The meal will be served to needy families at King George Elementary School in three shifts on Dec. 8, a Saturday.
The first shift will be from 4:15-5 p.m. The next shift is from 5:15-6 p.m. and the last shift is from 6:15-7 p.m. Any food left over will be donated to organizations that can use it for a similar purpose. Mrs. Clift is praying that 200 families sign up to come eat. She does not need much information.
People that are genuinely needy can sign up at www.achristmasgrace.com or by calling her at 373-7109. She only needs a last name, number of people in the family and what shift they will come to eat. People that don’t sign up ahead of time cannot be served. This is to ensure that the 200 that sign up get fed.
Mrs. Clift mentioned that the church will be giving small Bibles from the Gideon’s for boys and girls. Each family will be given a laser cut snowflake, courtesy of a generous donation from a gentleman that heard about the work.
Mrs. Clift is also selling 100 of the gorgeous metal snowflakes to raise money for the effort to finish up buying the food and supplies. The snowflakes would make a great Christmas decoration. No money is being paid to anyone for this effort. All money and supplies will be spent on the needy.
If you would like to help out please see the website or call Mrs. Clift. Most of all please let needy families know about the opportunity. There is still quite a bit of room for needy families to sign up.