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The quickest and easiest way to help Kokomo Rescue Mission demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, giving help and hope to people in despair, is by giving an outright gift of cash.
You may give now online through our secure web server or mail your gift to the address at the bottom of this page. We will send you a receipt for your tax-deductible gift.
The 99 and ONE Club is a caring group of mission friends committed to giving monthly to provide food and shelter for the homeless and poor in our community. Their faithful regular giving assures that we can continue to provide these foundational services all year, even when seasonal contributions fall off. Learn more.
Why should I give?
When you hear of a homeless person, you are probably filled with conflicting emotions. Your heart goes out to them. Yet you know they didn't get there by "accident." A whole series of events and choices led to their loss of a home - - and dignity.
Their physical needs cry out for food and warmth, a safe place to spend the night, a shelter from the storms of street life. Their spiritual needs are just as great. Every meal we serve and every clean bed we provide demonstrates the unconditional love of God, as He reaches out to all, even the most unlovely. Kokomo Rescue Mission's shelter programs for both men and women are designed to provide Bible-based answers to the underlying causes of homelessness and poverty.
Kokomo Rescue Mission is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
How Funds are Used
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done." Proverbs 19:17
Planned gifts include a bequest, gift annuities or a charitable trust. Planning your estate is a very important element of stewardship. Often, including a charitable gift in your plans not only benefits the charity, but provides great benefits to you and your heirs.
Donate In-Kind Gifts
Many individuals and groups collect certain items needed in the ministry, and donate in-kind gifts. You can always check our current list of needs, make your collection and drop off the items at the Mission. Donations of merchandise for our resale stores may also be dropped off at the warehouse on the north side of the Care and Share Store parking lot Mon. 9:30 - 4:00, Tues. - Fri 8:00 - 4:00 and Sat. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Financial vs. In-Kind Gifts
At the Kokomo Rescue Mission good stewardship with any and all gifts is a extremely important. If you are struggling with the decision of the best way give, this editorial article, which was re-printed in the Kokomo Tribune on November 23, 2011, may be of assistance in the decision process.
Giving groceries is less efficient than donating money
Let's can the food drives this holiday season.
By John Arnold and Katherina M. Rosqueta Los Angeles Times
The holiday season is here. And in the spirit of the season, millions of people will donate food to food drives. Much of that food will be lovingly packed into boxes and baskets to be distributed to needy families. And just as in years past, such well-intentioned food donations will needlessly leave millions of people hungry. Here's why.
In the traditional food drive/standardized food box approach, donors are asked to go to the store and buy food or to donate food from their cupboards. It's then dropped into a collection barrel, or piled around a Christmas tree, or put on the altar of their churches, etc.
For every $10 spent that way, $10 worth of food goes into the charity food distribution system. But if the receiving charity food agency packs and gives out the food in standardized boxes, research has shown that as much as half of the food may not get used. This is not because the receiving family wasn't needy but because the food is either something they can't use or don't know how to use.
So that $10 gift may end up providing only $5 worth of actual hunger relief. What's more, because donations to food drives are nearly impossible to document for tax deductions, the donor bears the full cost of the $10 donation for what amounts to $5 worth of food used.
By contrast, suppose the donor gave money - not food - to a charity serving the hungry. Three things can happen. First, instead of going to the store to buy food, the charity takes the donated funds to its areaÕs food bank. There, for every dollar a donor would have spent to buy cans of food, the charity could draw about $20 worth of food. That's because food banks serve as nonprofit, wholesale-like clearinghouses for the food industryÕs surplus food, charging only a nominal handling fee for food drawn by charity agencies. So a $10 donation ends up leveraging as much as $200 worth of food for the charity to distribute.
Second, instead of packing the food into standardized boxes, the charity can display it in a store-like fashion and permit needy families to choose what they like. That practice, called "client choice," eliminates the problem of needy families being given food they cannot use.
Finally, if donors claim a charitable-gifts tax deduction, the after-tax cost to them in giving $10 could drop to as low as $7.50. Thus, by promoting fund drives instead of food drives, community members can drop the cost of addressing their area's hunger problem 25 percent simply by taking maximum advantage of available tax benefits.
The bottom line is that for the same amount of money spent on buying cans for a food drive, donors can feed 20 times more families by providing cash, not cans.
But wait, some argue: Our community food drive engages church members or schoolchildren in a way that writing a check or giving cash simply doesn't. To which we'd argue: Now is the time to match traditions with impact by demonstrating something that need not be in short supply - creativity! Instead of a canned food drive, have members of your congregation wash out cans used in making a meal, put their donations in the cans and bring them up to the altar. Have schoolchildren volunteer to put the food their financial donations have bought onto the shelves of the local food pantry. Given the amount of food the same amount of money could provide, it might require the whole school to stock the charity's shelves.
In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual report on household food security. What it shows is that 48.8 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2010 - households that struggle to feed all members.
In the true spirit of the season, if you really want to help such vulnerable families, go to your local food bank. Then take the money you would have used to buy cans for food drives and donate it to that local pantry. Fewer families will go hungry.
* John Arnold is the former executive director of Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice. They wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.