Sep 30, 2008

Break an egg: New ministry effort raises money to feed the homeless

by Megan House

According to Phil Wagner, one of the founders, the members of the group went through 15-dozen eggs and raised $450.54 at their fundraiser last Wednesday. The fundraiser was held in the DeMoss courtyard after convocation. Dorm 8 was represented and if a student gave a donation, he or she was given an egg to throw or smash on the Dorm 8 participants. All donations were used to buy food for the homeless.

The fundraiser went exceedingly better than we could have ever imagined,” Wagner said. “God did an awesome work, and showed us that if we just trust him, he will bless.”

Last Sunday, At the Gate went to Roanoke, Va. with eight students to hand out bags of food to the homeless with the money raised.

“We plan on making 50 bags of food to hand out to the homeless and underprivileged,” Wagner said. He said each bag contains a large amount of non-perishable food, bread, milk, a Bible and a hand written letter from At the Gate that explains the purpose of the ministry.

“Each letter includes several forms of contact so that the person can have a direct line to one of us if a need ever arises,” Wagner said.

He said they already have other projects planned for this semester. The next outreach event will be buying school supplies for needy children and their families in the surrounding area.

“We had a request come in for this and after looking into the issue, we decided there was a significant need and this would allow us to minister not only to children, but also to their families and to school officials,” Wagner said.

Wagner said the organization has had a large response from students who would like to be involved. If you would like to get involved, please send an e-mail to or look the group up on Facebook by searching for At The Gate.


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