is teaming with the SacredHeartHospital
to offer free bone density screening on July 30th. Sacred Heart no
longer has their bus, so the screening will be held inside the First
Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, 309 East 21st Avenue,
from till . Just
look for the signs. In its 23rd year,
is a "Hand Up" rather than a "Hand Out" agency. Clients are given
immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to
problems. For more information please call the CSC
LongHorn Donates to ChristianServiceCenter
is a member of the Darden Restaurant group; the world’s largest casual
dining restaurant company.
For years the Darden group wrestled with the problem of food waste;
especially the uncomfortable dilemma of throwing away food that was
perfectly good and safe to eat
In 2003, Darden partnered with Food Donation Connection, a national
network that works with restaurants and other food service companies to
distribute high-quality, prepared food to hunger relief organizations
and established a pilot program to harvest this excess food.The following year, the program grew into a company-wide effort
and became known as the Darden Harvest food donation program.
receives weekly frozen food donations from the Gulf Shores LongHorn
Steakhouse and distributes the donations to clients in need.LongHorn has contributed an average of 127 pounds of food per
March 3, 2008.The food donations consist of rib-eye and prime rib trimmings,
baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread, chicken, fish, soups and sauces.LongHorn also makes generousmonetary donations to the Center.
LongHorn also sponsors the
annual Spaghetti Dinner contributing over 700 salads in both 2012 and
2013.The salad donations
also include LongHorn employees coming in early to wash, cut and prepare
the salads.Manager Michael
Pippin says LongHorn is very happy to help the
make an impact on our local community and they look forward to helping
any way they can.
Chappell receiving LongHorn check from Manager, Michael Pippen
Click to Enlarge Photo
Christian Service Center receives grant for ExxonMobil
a United Way Agency, has received a grant from the ExxonMobil
Foundation. This grant was possible because of the volunteer
efforts of Cal Hanson, a spouse of a retired ExxonMobil employee.
ExxonMobil supports programs targeted to worldwide health issues
because it believes that good health is a springboard to opportunity,
achievement and development. ExxonMobil also supports the
individual volunteer services of the employees and family members.
The grant will help to meet the growing demand for assistance of local
families who are in financial need as well as support basic food and
emergency services at the CSC.
Linda Chappelle and Gulf Breeze RV Church representative Beverly
Soenksen celebrate the church topping $10,000 In donations to the
Christian Service Center this year.
Faulkner State Contribution
organization known as Chiefs fir Christ from FaulknerJunior College,
recently collected women's personal hygiene items for the ChristianServiceCenter, a hands up organization in Gulf
These products were greatly appreciated and will be used as the Christian
strives to help people on the island who need a helping hand from time
to time. For more information about the Christian
please call 251-968-5256.
Pictured Left to Right: Bethany Harrison ,Brylyn Cowling
Volunteers The photo above was taken Monday January 21, 2013
during the Center's annual in-service training held at Gulf Shores
Presbyterian Church. It is these volunteers and others like them,
who were unable to attend, who staff the Center on a daily basis from 9
to Noon, Monday thru Friday in order that those in need in the community
are provided the care they need.
HOLY SPIRIT GIFT SHOP
The Christian Service Center will be hosting its annual Spaghetti
Dinner on Monday, February 18th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Gulf
Shores United Methodist Church's Building B Auditorium. The
Auditorium is located at 1720 Gulf Shores Parkway which is located
in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. Tickets are $8 for everyone and
you may dine in or take out. Advance tickets are available at the
Christian Service Center and Thee Coffee Shop next door to the GSUMC
Auditorium. The Holy Spirit Thrift shop is the presenting sponsor
for this year's Spaghetti Dinner. They are located at 3865 Gulf
Shores Parkway and are an outreach ministry of the Holy Spirit
Episcopal Church in Gulf Shores. Pictured above are volunteers from
the Holy Spirit Thrift Store presenting a check for $20,000 to Linda
Chappelle, President of the Board of the Christian Service Center.
For more information about the Dinner or about the Christian Service
Center, please contact the Center at 251-968-5256.
Pictured Left to Right - Holy Spirit volunteers Hy Gurney, Yvonne
Jones, Christian Service Center Director Linda Chappelle, Holy
Spirit volunteer Judy Fraser, Store manager Alicia Gattenio,
associate Kyle Mattes, and volunteers Mike Jones and Karen Anderson
Cliick the Photo below to enlarge it.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner Monday 18 February
Pictured Left to Right: Mary Ann Bousquet, Janet Murphree (the
Chef), Linda Chappelle (President of the Board) and Janice Moss
held its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, February 18th from
It was at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Building B
Auditorium located at 1720 Gulf
Shores Parkway. Tickets were $8, dine in or dine out!
Sponsor was once again be the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop. The ladies
pictured above are just a few of the many volunteers that are getting
ready to cook up and serve some spaghetti for all who came in on February
18th. For more pictures taken on the night of the 18th click the small
Sirens of the Sea Help Sponsor Annual Spaghetti Dinner
The Sirens of the Sea, a local Mardi Gras crew, will be one of the
many sponsors of the Christian Service Centerâ€™s annual Spaghetti
Dinner. It will be held on February 18th at the Gulf Shores United
Methodist Church Building B Auditorium located at 1720 Gulf Shores
Parkway from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. The price of the ticket is $8 for all
and you may dine in or dine out. Advance tickets are available at the
Christian Service Center and Thee Coffee Shop next door to the GSUMC
Auditorium. Pictured above are Board members presenting the check to
Jennifer Jackson and Ann Wright from the Christian Service Center
Heart Mission in Motion. The
Christian Service Center is teaming with the Sacred Heart Mission in
Motion mobile van which will be in our neighborhood to offer free health
screenings that could save lives. It will be at the First
Presbyterian Church across from the Christian Service Center in Gulf
Shores on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.
They will be screening blood pressure, blood sugar, anemia and
cholesterol. Please call 416-7Van or the CVC at 251 968-5256 for
more information. The Center teams with Sacred
Heart Mission in Motion regularly to offer free medical care to the
BRENT BURNS NEW YEAR'S
Brent Burns entertained a very lively crowd at the Erie Myer Center
on New Year’s Eve as he played songs that were danced to, listened
to and just enjoyed. There was a raffle where a vintage piece of
jewelry was given away which was one time owned by the namesake of
the Center. This piece of jewelry was won by Melanie Davidson
(Left). Everyone decorated their tables as they desired and prizes
were given for the most Elegant, Outrageous and Original
(Right). The Mardi Gras Basket was won by the folks in the center
photo. Brent donated his time and all of the proceeds went to the
Christian Service Center. Click the photos below to enlarge.
Cotton Creek Men's Golf Association at Craft Farms
The Cotton Creek Men’s Golf Association holds an annual golf tournament
to raise money for “Arnie’ Army for Prostate Cancer”.A portion of the proceeds from this tournament is always given to
presenting the donation to Janice Moss of the ChristianServiceCenter
are Terry Peeples and John McCoy.
Reflexions of the Season
Reflexions Hair Salon is at it again.On Saturday, December 1, the stylists at Reflexions provided
haircuts for 60 deserving children through the Christian
just in time for Christmas.
In addition to a new hairstyle, the children got a gift from Santa and a
personal care bag.
Reflexions not only provides haircuts at back-to-school and Christmas,
they also help with the CSC
Christmas Cheer program, which ensures that no child has to wake up on
Christmas morning to no gifts.The salon has an angel tree where clients may select from angels
provided by the Center.
Owner Deborah Davis, estimates that they have given out 50 angels this
Owner, Deborah Davis, Santa and Jay Gonzales, Santa’s Helper
Back: Katie Weldon, Vanessa Stewart, Karen Jackson,
Charlene McCarelle and Heather Brown
Faulkner Students Give to the
Christian Service Center
Chiefs for Christ (CFC) is a student-led campus ministry at
Faulkner State Community College.The CFC held a canned food drive to help the Christian Service
Center met increased needs during the Christmas season.Collection boxes were placed at Publix Orange Beach, First
Baptist Orange Beach and on the Faulkner Gulf Shores campus.Canned foods were also collected as admission to Faulkner’s
Christmas play “The Fruitcake”.Pictured delivering the canned goods are:Left to Right- Kelly Kendall (Advisor), Holly Brock, Leslie Pope,
Anna Gratham, Mackenzie Tobin, Bethany Harrison (Student Leader) and
Stone Collins (Student Leader).
New Year's Eve Celebration and Party
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St. Andrew’s Women Give
Help for the Holidays
St. Andrew’s Women, a group from St. Andrew-by-the-Sea Church, has given
a donation to help with the coming holiday season.Many of the SAW members are also volunteers at CSC and are aware of some of the difficulties the CSC
Food Pantry has faced recently.Harriet Slaughter from St. Andrew’s Women and an active CSC volunteer presents the check to Jennifer Jackson,
the past the CSC
Food Pantry has been able to inexpensively purchase many staple food
items, like beans, crackers and powdered milk, from the Bay Area Food
Bank in Mobile.However, for the past several months the Food Bank has had very
few staple items available.
So, the CSC
Food Pantry has to purchase these items from area grocery stores at
regular prices, depleting an already lean budget.Understanding the need, St. Andrew’s Women graciously shared the
proceeds of a recent fundraiser with the Center.
Reflexions Hair Salon Gives
to the Christian Service Center with STYLE
Team STYLE at
Reflexions Hair Salon gifts the child clients of the Christian Service
Center with hairstyles twice a year, at Christmas and back to school.Team STYLE started three years ago during the oil spill -
business was down, folks were sad and feeling the pinch.The stylists at Reflexions wanted to help the community, but like
many of us during that time, extra money was hard to come by.Deborah Davis, owner of Reflexions said the stylists decided, “We
may not have money to give, but we can cut hair” and Team STYLE was
Team STYLE –
Stylists Teaching Youth Love and Education – has expanded a bit beyond
just haircuts.When the
youths come into the salon, they are given a goodie bay with a new
toothbrush, comb and hairbrush.While giving the clients their new hair styles, the stylists also
give them loving words and hygiene education.Team STYLE talks with the adults who bring the kids in, too,
giving them tips as well.
You will also find Team STYLE actively supporting breast cancer
Pictured Team STYLE, Left to Right: Karen Jackson, Heather Brown, Katie
Weldon, Deborah Davis, salon owner, Ashley Dunn, Charlene McCardle,
Heart Mission in Motion. The
Christian Service Center is teaming with the Sacred Heart Mission in
Motion bus to offer free bone density screening on Tuesday July 24th,
2012. The Mission in Motion bus will be in the parking lot of the Gulf Shores
Presbyterian Church (309 East 21st Avenue) parking lot across from the Center from 9-11:30 AM.
There is no charge for the screening. The Center teams with Sacred
Heart Mission in Motion regularly to offer free medical care to the
Hangout Music Festival
Shares with the ChristianServiceCenter Following the Festival, the Hangout graciously
donated excess food to the
ServiceCenter.The Center was able to share the donation
with several other area agencies and food pantries.Because of the Hangout’s thoughtfulness,
many families in
not be hungry.
Youth from Foley Lend a Hand
to Local Volunteer Services The 5th and
6th grade class from First Methodist Church of Foley Vacation Bible
School is spending part of their summer doing community service.They did yard work at the ChristianService
also provided helping hands for Meals on Wheels, Ecumenical of Foley and
other service agencies.Pictured at the ChristianService
Center (l to
r):Lynne Cabaniss, Tracy Hill,
Sterling Hill, Richard Arp, ColtonJordan,
Conner Jordan, Chance Sullivan, Gene Lenz.
Gives the CSC
a “Souper Summer” At the end of
the school year, the
held a “Souper Summer” food drive for the ChristianService
Center.The drive, organized by the Student Council
and the PTO, donated hundreds of canned goods to the Center.Accepting the donations for the
are (l to r):Shirley Paulus, Toni Turner and Marinda
Installs 2012-2014 Officers May 14, 2012
installed Executive Board Officers for a two year term.The officers pictured (l to r) are: Hope
Becklund, Treasurer; Janice Moss, Vice President; Linda Chappelle,
President and Mary Lee Harms, Secretary.Assistant Treasurer, Russ Berver is not
Click to enlarge the photo.
Longhorn Steakhouse Grant
Pictured below receiving a
grant from the LongHorn Steakhouse are (l to r):Priscilla McDonough, Louise Robinson, Stan
Moss, Janice Moss, Michael Pippin, and Jennifer Jackson.
LongHorn is a member of the
Darden Restaurant group which is the world's largest casual-dining
restaurant company.Like most restaurants, the Darden group
grappled for years with the problem of food waste; particularly with the
uncomfortable dilemma of throwing away food that was perfectly good and
safe to eat.
In 2003, Darden partnered
with Food Donation Connection, a national network that works with
restaurants and other food service companies to distribute high-quality,
prepared foods to hunger-relief organizations across the
United States, and established a pilot
program to harvest this excess food.The program grew into a companywide effort
the following year and became known as the Darden Harvest food donation
Locally, the ChristianService
weekly frozen food donations from the Gulf Shores LongHorn Steakhouse
and distributes the donations to clients in need.LongHorn has contributed an average of 127
pounds of food per week since
March 3, 2008.The donations consist of rib-eye and prime
rib trimmings, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread, chicken, fish,
soups and sauces.
Longhorn is also a sponsor of
annual Spaghetti Dinner contributing 750 salads to the February, 2012
dinner.This salad donation also includes LongHorn
employees coming in early to wash, cut and prepare the salads.Manager, Michael Pippin says LongHorn is
very happy to help the
Center make an
impact on our local community and they look forward to helping any way
Spaghetti Dinner February 27, 2012
Click the image above to view photos of the Christian
Service Center Spaghetti Dinner for 2012. If you attended on
February 27 2012 you might find a photo of you or some of your party in
Center is so proud to be part of this community. We could not
carry out our mission to provide food and emergency aid to the needy in
our area without the generosity of not only our 200 hard-working
volunteers, but also without the financial support that allows us to
continue our work. We sincerely thank the following individuals,
organizations and businesses for supporting us with financial help and
needed supplies for our fundraiser: Holy Spirit Thrift Shop,
Mullet Wrapper, Gulf Breeze RV Church, Gulf Shores United Methodist
Church, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mandoki Hospitality, Inc., Sam’s Stop &
Shop, St. Andrew by the Sea Men, At. Andrew by the Sea Women, South
Baldwin Regional Medical Center, Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Men,
Gulf Shores Women’s Club, Judie & Sissy Flanigan, in Memory of Matthew
Flanigan, Ladies of Lagoon Baptist Church, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic
Church, Villadsen Family, Vision/Centennial Bank, Wisconsin Snowbirds
Club, Bruno’s, 1st National Bank of Baldwin County, Publix,
Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart, Bahama Bob’s Restaurant, Bente Howe, Big Fish
Restaurant, Cobalt Restaurant, Cosmo’s Restaurant, Cutter’s Corner Hair
Salon, DeSoto’s Restaurant, Elli Bistro Restaurant, Flowers by the
Shore, Ginny Lane Restaurant, Joey’s North Shore Grill, Kitty’s Café,
Mikee’s/Shrimp Basket/Steamer, Original Oyster House, Peninsula Golf &
Racquet Club, Shipp’s Harbor Grill, State Farm Insurance, Villagio
Restaurant, and Zen Restaurant.The Center would also like to thank Mary Ann Bousquet for
chairing the event.
Janet Moss, Linda Chappelle, Faye Cook
Preparing for the Spaghetti Supper
Volunteer Inservice Photo Seventy Seven
Volunteers attended the In-Service at the Gulf Shores Presbyterian
Church on Monday 16 January 2012. A photo of the attendees is
shown below. Click to enlarge it. The photo was so wide
it had to be stitched. Apologies to those who might appear to
be distorted or disjointed. No matter, if you are in the photo
you are a wonderful person and a valued volunteer.
Click to Enlarge.
Toy Drive By Local Businesses
The 4th Annual Christian Service Center "Santa's Helper" Toy
Drive was jointly sponsored by "Sunny 105.7-FM" radio and the following
businesses in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores Area: Canal
Rd. Animal Hospital, G N’ G Hardware, P&D Marine, Hope’s Cheesecake,
Island Drug, The Emporium, Hunter’s Furniture, JellyfishBar, Woodsons
Barge N, Salon Fahrenheit, Airport Storage, Merrill Miller Interiors,
Infinity Bicycles and Gulf Coast Tool.Sunny 105.7-FM publicized the
toy drive on the air and posted the locations of collection boxes on
their website.The drive
collected 22 boxes of toys which the station employees collected and
presented to the CSC for distribution in their Christmas Cheer program.
The program ensures that children who would
not otherwise receive a Christmas gift are very happy on Christmas
morning.A huge “Thank You” to the
participating businesses from the children of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
and Fort Morgan!Shown
making the presentation to Mary Ann Bousquet of CSC is Don Brown,
General Manager and Kevin Keith, Program Director of "Sunny 105" Radio.
Reflexions Donation and Party Saturday, December 3, Reflexions Hair Salon in
provided free Christmas haircuts for forty girls and boys.Their parents had made appointments for
them through the ChristianServiceCenter.The children were treated to a special
visit by Santa and each child received a gift. Salon owner Deborah
Davis and her staff also provided haircuts last Christmas, as well as
haircuts at Easter and at the start of the school year.Reflexions Hair Salon is located at 25814 Canal Road
981-3539.Pictured:front,Santa Craig Stephenson, and Charlene McCardle.Back, LtoR:
Heather Smith, Kimberly Johnson, Deborah Davis, Karen Jackson, Heather
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Shores Duplicate Bridge Club Deals CSC a Winning Hand
The Gulf Shores Duplicate Bridge Club Manager, Dennis Ott and
Assistant Manager Colleen Mayers, present Christian Service Center
President Linda Chappelle with a $500 check.Mr. Ott said that the Club appreciates the work the Center
does for the community and wanted to help. Click the photo to
enlarge. Left to right are Mr. Ott, Linda Chappelle and Ms Colleen
The Mystical Order of Mirams
recently shared toys donated by the
attendees of their Taste of the Islands
event with the Christian Service Center Christmas Cheer Program.The program ensures that children who
would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift are very happy on Christmas
morning.Delivering the toys were Mirams President
Tonia Turner, Historian/Parliamentarian Deena Montgomery, and Terri
Long.On hand to accept the toys from the Mirams
President, Linda Chappelle and Food Pantry Chair, Stan Moss.The Mirams’ website states, “We love our
community and strive to give back as much as possible.With every event we host, we give generous
donations to a charity that we choose.We love to keep our donations local when
we can.”Thank you Mirams, from the children of
Click to enlarge the photo below. Left to right in the photo are
Deena Montgomery, Stan Moss, Linda Chappelle, Tonia Turner and Terri
New Year's Eve Early Bird Bash Returns
to read about the plans for the Center's New Year's Eve Bash featuring
Brent Burns at the Erie Meyer Civic Center
The Gulf Shores Woman's Club contributed toys to the Christian Service
Center for their children's Christmas Cheer Program. This program
provides toys to children in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.
Accepting the toys on behalf of the Center are CSC volunteers and GSWC
members (left to right) Janice Moss, Kathleen Donaldson and CSC
President Linda Chappelle. Click the photo to enlarge it.
Shown in the photo below is Cal Hanson presenting a check to Linda
Chappelle, President of the Christian Service Center. Cal Hanson is the spouse of a retired
ExxonMobil employee, and presented the $500 grant from ExxonMobil
Foundation to Linda.The grant was made
possible because of Mr. Hanson’s many volunteer efforts.This grant will help the
Center meet the rapidly growing demand for assistance to local families
who need basic food and emergency services.ExxonMobil supports
programs targeted to worldwide health issues because they believe that
good health is a springboard to opportunity, achievement and
development. Click the photo to enlarge it.
Donation Wells Fargo’s Gulf Shores Branch Manager,
Wendy Readman, at left in the photo below, presents a $1,000 check to
Christian Service Center President, Linda Chappelle. This story
appeared in the Baldwin County Now on-line newspaper. To read the
story in its entirety,
Fishing Trip Cool Change Charters held a fishing trip to
benefit the center on Friday October 21, 2011. The trip was run by
Captain Joe Nash at 251 974-5615. The six hour trip cost $100 per
person and was enjoyed by all who went. Click the photo below to
go to the Cool Change web site. Two photos below the Cool Change
Charter link are of Rod Chappelle hooking a big one and Janice and Stan
Moss accepting a check from Captain Nash. Click either photo to
Heart Mission in Motion The
Christian Service Center is teaming with the Sacred Heart Mission in
Motion bus to offer free heart health testing on Tuesday October 11th,
2011. The screenings will be conducted at the Gulf Shores
Presbyterian Church parking lot across from the Center from 9-11:30 AM.
There is no charge for the screening. The Center teams with Sacred
Heart Mission in Motion regularly to offer free medical care to the
Click the Image Above To Read the Latest
Newsletter for July-September 2011
20 Years of Service The Pleasure Island Ministerial Association
sponsored the Christian Service Center's 20th anniversary celebration at
the Center's location at 317 Dolphin Avenue on Thursday June 16th at
3:00 pm. Mayor Robert Craft of Gulf Shores and Mayor Tony Kennon
of Orange Beach presented proclamations honoring the milestone. In
her acceptance speech of the two city council proclamations, President
Chappelle pointed out that the Center has served 16,288 clients
representing 42,469 individuals in our twenty years of service. Tours of
the center were given and refreshments were served at the conclusion of
the program. Our thanks to all who attended and especially
those who prepared for the festivities and planned the ceremony. A
slide show of the days events may be accessed by clicking the two small
Pantry Food Distributions In cooperation with
the Bay Area Food Bank, the Christian Service Center distributed free
food to dozens of residents of Baldwin County on Wednesday 13 April
2011. Over 20 volunteers worked through the morning to set up and
deliver the food to our residents who had signed up for the food.
A slide show of the event may be viewed by clicking the small photo
below. Thanks to the Bay Area Food Bank and all of our volunteers
who worked to make this event a success.
We did another distribution on May 11 2011. Photos of that
distribution are shown below. Click to enlarge.
Thank you volunteers from Gulf Shores UMC, Morgan's Chapel UMC, and our
CSC volunteers. Thanks especially to The Bay Area Food Bank for
the food, the Gulf Shores Presbyterian Church for the use of their
parking lot and Stan Moss for the loan of some of the carts.
The next distribution will be Wednesday June 8, 2011 same place and
And we did it again on June 8th. This time we had 60 recipients of
the food and about 20 volunteers to help ith the set-up and
distribution. It was hot but we got the job done.
Oral Health Screening
The Christian Service Center
of Gulf Shores is hosting a free oral health screening on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Presbyterian Church parking lot, located at 309 East 21st Ave.,
This free test is a great way to painlessly detect any cancer in your
mouth, please don't mistake this test for a routine dental exam.
Officially known as an Oral Mucosal Screening, the
simple and painless screening is used to identify anything unusual,
atypical or uncharacteristic in your mouth by using a light source to
examine the interior of the mouth. Typically, this test costs
approximately $55.00, but is at no charge thanks to the Sacred Heart
Mission in Motion Health Care team.
Please remember this test is especially important for
individuals who have ever used alcohol or tobacco products, including
smokeless tobacco, to have this simple and free screening. Participants
need to be at least 18 years old, no ID is required.
is an all volunteer Food Bank and Emergency Aid nonprofit agency.
Located at 317
For more information call: 968-5256 or (850) 416-7826.
CSC to Host Free Medical
Tests Mar 29 On Tuesday march 29, 2011 the
Christian Service Center in partnership with Sacred Heart Health Systems
Mission in Motion team will conduct a FREE Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood
Pressure & Anemia Tests for area residents. the hours are 9:00 AM
to 11:30 AM. Fasting is recommended but not required. No
appointment is needed. The tests will be given in the mobile
medical facility in the Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Church parking
Spaghetti Supper Our big fund raiser of the year has come and gone,
and from the looks of the number in attendance and the expressions of
enjoyment by those who came, it was once again a huge success.
Thanks to everyone who participated in any way. This includes our
sponsors, food donors, prize donors, volunteers from cooks to
dishwashers, table servers, bussers, ticket sellers, ticket takers,
musicians and clean up crews and the Gulf Shores UMC for the use of
their facility. A special thanks to our volunteers who bought the
food and organized the evening so it went smoothly. Photos of the
evening may be viewed by clicking the small photo below.
Our Spaghetti Supper Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor - Holy
Spirit Thrift Shop
Gold Sponsors - Longhorn
Steaks, Sam's Bait and Tackle, Mullet Wrapper and Gulf Shores United
- Gulf Shores Woman's Club, Matt Flanigan Memorial, Our Lady of the Gulf
Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Gulf Alter and Rosary Society, St.
Andrew By the Sea Men, Visions Bank
Bronze Sponsors - Shirley
& Gene Barbour, Brett-Robinson, Al & Janice Nabors, Don
Meghreblain, SER & JER, South Baldwin regional Medical Center, Wayne &
Alice Villidsen, Publix, Wal-Mart
Raffle Sponsors - Restaurants
Cobalt, Cosmos, Desoto's, Kitty's Kafe, Elli Bistro Ginny Lane,
Villaggio, North Shore Grill, Mikee's, Gulf Shores Steamer, Shrimp
Basket Raffle - Other Businesses and
Organizations Vera Bradley: Bags Skip and Carol
Haberly Saxxy Daddy: Alice Villidsen Shrimp Festival Sponsor
Package: Kaiser Realty Stuffed Beach Bag: AL Gulf Coast Convention &
Visitors Bureau Angel & Candles: Tom and Mary LaHaye
Other Gifts: Hampton
Inn, Palm Tree Prints, Elizabeth Blaylock Print Wine Basket, Jim Beam
Delivery Day Every Wednesday a truck comes from
the Bay Area Food Bank in Theodore, AL to deliver food we have ordered
and to deliver produce gleaned from local grocers by the Bay Area Food
Bank, which in turn is donated by them to local area agencies who are
clients of the Bay Area Food Bank. These grocers include
Winn-Dixie, Bruno's Sam's, Wal-mart and Target. Shown below are
two photos. On the left is one of the pallets of food being
unloaded from the truck by the Bay Area Food Bank driver and observed by
John Henderson, our volunteer, and on the right is the food stacked in
our warehouse ready for delivery to bread ministries in our area and our
clients, with several of our volunteers standing in front of 5 pallets
of food. On this particular day, February 9, 2011 we received,
delivered and stored over 3300 pounds of food. The task of doing
that was handled by the volunteers shown in the photos, plus a couple of
shy ones who stayed out of the range of the camera. If you want a
job as a volunteer doing this kind of work, or some other type job, call
the center at 968-5256 and ask to speak to our volunteer coordinator, or
food pantry coordinator.
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Time for Our Spaghetti Dinner
Click to Enlarge the Flyer
The Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held Monday February 21, 2011.
Click the small photo of the flyer above for all of the details.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the dinner. Call the
office at 968-5256 if you are willing to help.
Volunteers at the In-service on Jan 24 2011
Breakfast at the In-service on Jan 24 2011 with
apologizes to Tim
Lighting Upgrade Leonard Sanneman recently
spent a couple of days upgrading the lights in the warehouse side of the
auxiliary building. The upgrade added greatly to the ease with
which food can be stored, catalogued and distributed. Photos of
the upgrade are shown below. Click any image to enlarge it.
Brent Burns New Years Eve Party To view photos
of the New Years Eve party held at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf
Shores, click the small photo below. Thanks to Fay Cook for
forwarding the photos and thanks to Brent Burns for doing this fund
raiser for the Center and a special thanks to all those who came out to
enjoy his music.
Sandspur Band Fund Raiser Click the image below
to view the flyer for the Sandspur Band fund raiser for the center
Sunday January 16th at the Christian Life Church.
Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels in gulf Shores
is currently in need of permanent weekly drivers. Meals on Wheels is
currently delivering approximately 100 meals weekly. We are
looking for drivers who will drive the same day a week every single
week. This is a very gratifying volunteer job as the Meals on
Wheels person may be the clients only human contact daily. This
only takes approximately one hour or less daily. Substitute
drivers are needed as well. Call the Center to volunteer.
CSC Inservice January 24 2011 This is a reminder of our required annual
Inservice Training to be held January 24th at the Presbyterian Church
from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Please come by the Center to sign up.
The sheet is on the AA desk. Breakfast will be provided.
This is an opportunity for you to meet your fellow workers and discuss
changes at the center.
to Host Free Medical Tests Jan 25
Start the New Year right by
attending a free cholesterol, glucose, anemia and blood pressure test
event hosted by the Christian Service Center of Gulf Shores and Sacred
Heart's Mission In Team on Jan 25, 2011 at Gulf Shores First
Presbyterian Church located at
309 East 21st Ave from 9 am until 11:30
Now celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the
is a Food Pantry and Emergency Aid nonprofit agency located at
317 Dolphin Dr,
No ID or insurance is required for this free event;
participants must be at least 18 years old. Everyone is welcome. For
questions call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or Sacred Heart at 850-416-7826.
Making plans for your New Year’s Eve just got a lot easier by knowing
singer, Brent Burns, will be featured at the 3rd annual Early Bird New
Year’s Eve Bash in Gulf
Brent’s music is well known his mixture of comedy, rock-n-roll, and
country laced with a laid-back island theme. Who would want to miss a
chance at meeting this legend who wrote songs entitled â€śI've got a
beach in my back yardâ€ť
and â€śif it is Snow Bird Season, Why can't we shoot 'Em? Plus, Brent is
year’s talented recipient of the 2010 Trop Rock Singer, Songwriter and
CD of the Year award.
Beginning at ,
doors open at the ErieMyer
W 2nd St
in time for folks to enter and decorate their table-side seating. The
table with the Most Outrageous decor wins this year’s bragging rights
and a great prize from Brent.Entertainment starts at
giving everyone a chance to enjoy a great show and dancing before 2010
is gone forever.
is a bring-your-own-everything party, including drinks, snacks and your
unique decor. The night’s host, the
will supply you with fabulous entertainment, a chance to dance your
socks off, tables and chairs. Spirits are permitted, but decor
consisting of glitter, confetti and open flames are a no-no in the
year, there will be a special raffle drawing for the Spirit of the Gulf
mermaid sculpture created by mixed media artist, Jan Jones. This one of
a kind beauty will make a unique addition to either your home or office.
The Spirit of the Gulf is very special because she pays homage to the
spirit and strength of the Gulf
people.Raffle tickets for
the sculpture are 2 for $5.00 and support the mission of the
to assist local families needing emergency aid.
night’s admission tickets are only $15.00 each. Advance ticket sales are
available by credit card by Pay Pal by visiting
www.brentburns.com, or calling
948-8863, or raffle tickets and entertainment tickets can be purchased
together at the
Who can resist entertainment with an award winning artist, and kick up
those heals with your friends from the
Tickets are limited, so get your tickets today
Brett Robinson Food Drive The employees of Brett Robinson conducted their
annual Holiday Food Drive with the proceeds of the drive being donated
to the Christian Service Center. The food was delivered to the
center on Monday November 22nd by the Brett Robinson employees.
The Center very much appreciates the loyalty and dedication the Brett
Robinson employees who each year provide for those in our community who
may be a little less fortunate than others. By providing the food
they collect to the Center they enable our volunteers to provide for
those families in our community that might not otherwise enjoy the
holiday season. A photo of the food delivery to the Center is
shown below. It may be enlarged by clicking the small photo
Middle School Food Donation The Gulf Shores
Middle School began a 'stuff the bus' food drive a month ago so everyone
in our community could have a Thanksgiving meal. That drive led to
the collection of several boxes of food being collected and on Saturday
November 20th it was delivered to the Christian Service Center for use
this week. The food will be put to good use and the students
of the middle school and their teachers and parents can be proud of them
and the Citizen Environmental Organization which spearheaded the drive.
Their motto is Service, Leadership, and citizenship. Well done.
There are two photos below which show the volunteers of the Center along
with middle schoolers Katelin Kenyon and Emily Davis, and teachers Will
Tucker and Debbie Kenyon. Click to enlarge the photos.
Oral Health Care Screening The Christian
Service Center of Gulf Shores and Sacred Heart's Mission
in Motion Team will hold free Oral Health Care Screenings to the
public on Tuesday, Nov 30. This easy and painless test uses a special
light source to check the mouth to identify anything unusual or atypical
in the mouth. Please note, this test checks for the possibility of the
presents oral cancer in the mouth and is not to be confused with a
routine dental exam.
Oral cancer itself is off the radar of most
Americans, but here's a reason why you should have this test. The Oral
Cancer Foundation reports the death rate associated with oral
cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or
diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its
development. Typical risk factors include the use of tobacco, smokeless
tobacco and exposure to the HPV virus.
Test location: GulfShores
First Presbyterian Church Parking lot. Time: .
No appointment or ID is required. For questions call the CSC at 968-5256
or Sacred Heart at 850 416-7826.
Fishing Trip Captain Joe Nash of the Cool Change out of Zeke's
Marina donated the proceeds of a 6 hour fishing trip on Friday
October 22 2010 to the Center. This is the second year Capt. Nash and
his crew, including his wife. has sponsored this trip and everyone who
went had a good time and caught plenty of fish as the photos below show.
the photo on the right below is of Captain Nash and his wife presenting
the proceeds to Linda Chappelle, President of the Christian Service
Center. Also pictured is Stan Moss, Center volunteer and deck hand on
the fishing trip. Thanks to everyone who made this such a
successful event. Click any photo to enlarge it.
Thanks especially to J & M Tackle for providing bait, Zeke's Marina for
providing the fuel, and Clean Boatz for cleaning the Boat and regular
Cool Chang Deckhand, Kyle Partain for his usual outstanding assistance
on the trip.
Roundup Time at
The all volunteer staff at
the Christian Service Center of Gulf Shores is working hard to restock
their medical equipment loaner closet. By offering free loaner medical
equipment to residents, recipients benefit from easy access to no-cost
items, continuation of their independent lifestyle and experience fewer
Currently, medical supplies
at the ChristianServiceCenter
are running dangerously low, and the CSC needs your help. Is there a
pair of crutches or a wheelchair in your home that is no longer being
used? Perhaps you know of a cane, a shower chair or a potty chair that
could be placed back into service to help a neighbor in need. All types
and sizes of medical equipment, including canes, crutches, shower chairs
and wheelchairs, are needed.Regular and oversized wheelchairs are in
critical short supply.
If you need to borrow
medical equipment from the CSC Loaner Closet, it is easy as checking a
book out of the library.
Donated equipment is tax
deductible and can be dropped off at the ChristianServiceCenter
office located at 317 Dolphin Ave,
Monday thru Friday from
is deeply grateful to this community for its loyal support of its
mission to help local residents since opening their doors in 1991. For
questions, call the CSC office at 251-968-5256.
Rummage Sale The Orange Beach United Methodist Church is
having their annual rummage sale on Saturday October 23, 2010 at the
Community Center in Orange Beach. The proceeds of the fundraiser
will be donated to support the ministry of the Center. Give it a
look and find some bargains donated and sold by a wonderful group of
RBC Bank Donates to Food Pantry RBC Banks in Baldwin County conducted a
food drive recently at their branches in Baldwin County and donated the
food collected to the Christian Service Center on Wednesday, October 6,
2010. The employees of the bank then delivered the food to the
Center and helped unload it for shelf stocking by the Center's
volunteers. The collection was a generous and kind act on the part
of the bank, its employees and its patrons. We are grateful for
their support of the Center and want everyone to know of their
generosity. The employees of the bank have also volunteered to
help with our Christmas Food Box preparation and distribution in
December. Shown below is a photo of the employees of the bank who
participated in bringing the food to the Center, and the volunteers of
the Center who helped stock the shelves
Click to Enlarge
Shrimp on Parade to Benefit Christian Service Center
Shrimp of every
description will be parading at the 39th Annual National Shrimp Festival
October 7-10 at the GulfShores
public beach. Kaiser Realty, Inc. is sponsoring Shrimp on Parade
benefiting the Christian Service Center, a local organization whose
mission is to provide a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” to people in
need living in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.
Twelve whimsical shrimp depicting life on
the coast were sculpted by multi-media artist Jan Jones of Magnolia
Springs for this event. In addition, three fine art sculptures, “The
Spirit of the Gulf”- a mermaid portraying the quiet strength of the
people who call the Gulf Coast home; a parrot entitled “Looking for the
Lost Shaker of Salt”; and an old fisherman named “Hard Times,” will be
included in the collection.
have the opportunity to contribute as little as $1 to the
at the Kaiser Realty, Inc. booth to be eligible to take one of these
adorable crustaceans home.A $2 donation will be
asked for the “Spirit of the Gulf,” the parrot “Looking for the Lost
Shaker of Salt,” and the old fisherman – “Hard Times.”A drawing will be held
Sunday afternoon at the festival site with winners announced. You do not
have to be present to win.
Faye Cook, chair of the fundraising
committee for the CSC said, Shrimp on Parade, with their whimsical
personalities, fit the overall fun atmosphere of the Shrimp Festival and
gives us permission to feel light-hearted again, while the fine-art
sculptures are reminiscent of the summer of 2010. These creations are
the first Shrimp on Parade which we anticipate will become an annual
event at Shrimp Festival.”
Photographs of the Shrimp on Parade may be viewed by clicking the small
photo below and on the following additional websites:
www.kaiserrealty.com; and www.alagulfcoastchamber.com. The sculptures
are on display at the Kaiser Realty, Inc. office on Gulf Shores Parkwayduring regular office hours.
Photography in the slide show is courtesy
of Capt. Mark Robinson
Four whimsical shrimp, (L
to R) Captain Walk D. Plank, Huck Fin, Bebe the Beach Babe, Parrothead,
and the fine art sculpture “The Spirit of the Gulf” will be part of the
Shrimp on Parade at the 39th Annual National Shrimp Festival October
7-10 at the GulfShores
RBC Bank Donates to Food Pantry
Scout Seth Knight of Troop 249 in Millport, AL
came by the Center on Monday 2 August and made a large contribution of
money and food to the Center on behalf of his troop. Having heard
about the difficulties folks on the Alabama Gulf Coast were facing, Seth
took it upon himself to conduct the food and money drive. We are
grateful for his and his troops generosity and for the people in
Millport who contributed to his efforts. Two small photo below may
be clicked to view Seth at the center.
Sirens of the Sea Food and Funds Donation
The lovely ladies of the Sirens of
visited the Center on Thursday May 27th and made a contribution to the
Center. The photo below shows Kay Palmer, representing the
Center, recieving the check. Thanks ladies for your continuing
generous support of the Center and it's mission. Sorry for the
Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast The Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast of Pleasure Island
was held on Thursday May 6 2010 at the Eire Myer Civic Center in Gulf
Shores, AL. The program consisted of performances by the Sims
family, Mrs. Joan Hand, Top Hat & Jackie, Julianna Cooper, Bailey
Kennon and Basch Jernigan. The Pleasure Island Rotary Club was
again the host of the breakfast which was provided by Katy's Catering.
Sound and Lighting was by Rick. The producer and Master of
Ceremonies of the breakfast was Ralph Gilges who did his customary fine
job. Also participating were Rev. Dr. Alan McBride, UMC,
Orange Beach, Rev. Robert Warren, St. Andrew By the Sea, Gulf Shores,
Trip Pitman, Alabama State Senator, Steve McMillan Alabama State
Representative, Robert Craft, Mayor of Gulf Shores, Tony Kennon Mayor of
Orange Beach, and Bonnie Lee, Rotary Club President. American
Legion Participants were Donna Stacy, Larry Henning, Bob Rankin, Jay
Nieves and Derrick Schliepler. The proceeds of the event were donated to
the Christian Service Center by the Rotary Club in order that the Center
may continue providing emergency aid to those in need in our
communities. We are grateful for their generosity and
thoughtfulness as well as caring attitude to those in our area of
service. Some photos of the CSC Volunteers and others who attended
the event may be viewed by clicking the small photo below for larger
Here are some of the performances captured during the
CSC is now accepting applications for Camp Happy
Sands, which will be held June 7-11. Client children ages 6-10 are
eligible for sign up. Click HERE to view a
slide show of prior year activities in the form of a slide show.
Gulf Shores Publix Joins Food
Donation Program The Gulf Shores Publix was opened on Wednesday
April 21, 2010 in Gulf Shores, AL We are pleased that the Center's
representatives were invited to the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting and
are particularly pleased that this store, like its Orange Beach sister
store will be contributing food to the center to fight hunger in our
communities.. Show below are some photos of the Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony with lots of dignitaries from Publix management and the City of
Gulf Shores and the Chamber of Commerce. The photo on the right is
of Bennie Dalzell , manager of the Gulf Shores store, Pam the loading
dock manager, and Bill Martin during the first pick up of donated food
on Thursday April 22, 2010. Click to enlarge the photos.
Officers 2010-2012 Shown below is a photo of the officers and program
chairs for the Center for 2010-2012. They were installed at the
meeting of the board of directors on Monday April 12, 2010 by Rev.
Rollins who is shown in the left of the first row. Please pray for
and support these volunteers as they carry out their duties. You
may enlarge the photo by clicking on it.
Ten Years of
Service Based on the latest complete
year figures available, the Center continues to serve more and more
people on an annual basis. Shown on the chart below are the total
number of individuals served for the 10 year period 1999-2009. May
we continue to be able to meet the challenge. You may enlarge the
chart by clicking on it. It should be pointed out that 2005 was
the year Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast.
Pantry Full Each month at least two of
the churches which sponsor the center provide food or funding to the
center to keep our shelves stocked with items to give to our clients
Shown in the photo on the left below is the contribution of Christian
Life Church this past Monday, March 1st 2010. This food was
delivered to the center by volunteer Stan Moss, who is a member of
Christian Life Church. The photo on the right below is the bread
contribution from Publix in Orange beach for a Sunday and Monday to the
center. The bread was picked up by two of the center's volunteers
and delivered to the center before it opened at 9:00 am. If you
would like to volunteer at the center or become involved through your
church in their efforts to help us, please stop by the center or call
968-5256 for more information. Clicking the photos will enable you
to see a larger version.
The Christian Service Center's Annual Spaghetti Dinner was
held on Monday, February 22, 2010 from 4:30-7:00 at Gulf Shores
United Methodist Church Connections Building on High 59 in Gulf
Shores. The Jubilee Pickers provided the entertainment. Dozens of
volunteers provided the work needed to make the dinner a success:
cooking, serving, busing, washing, selling tickets, collecting
tickets, setting up, taking down, disposing of the leftovers, and
many other tasks too numerous to recall. To all of you who helped
THANK YOU! To everyone in the community who came out to enjoy the
meal and the music THANK YOU! You made our future a bit brighter by
your love and support.
To view a slide show of events before
and during the supper, click the small images below.
Click the images below to view a larger version
Spaghetti Supper Sponsors
Sirens of the Sea
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
Brett Robinson Real Estate
Gulf Shores Woman's Club
In Memory of Matthew Flanigan
Original Oyster House
St. Andrew Men
Our Lady of the Gulf Alter and Rosary
Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church
The Villadsen Family
Wisconsin Sno-Bird Club
Baldwin Bone & Joint PC
Shake's Frozen Custard
Winn Dixie Gulf Shores
Holy Spirit Thrift Shop
St Andrew By The Sea
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church
Lagoon Baptist Church Women's Group
Three Palms Realty
Thank you for your support
To view the letter to the editor which Linda Chappelle sent to local
CLICK HERE. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this.
Winds Barbershop Chorus Come and enjoy a delightful
evening of memorable songs in perfect harmony performed by the Four
Winds Barbershop Chorus benefiting the Center on Thursday February 18
2010 at the Orange Beach United Methodist Church at 28751 Canal Road.
The concert is free, however donations will be accepted to be given
entirely to the Center's ministry.
Recent Photos These
are photo recently taken and used in articles appearing in newspapers in
our area. The photo on the left shows Linda receiving a check from
the Clothes closet. The photo in the center shows our volunteers
at the In-Service held at the Gulf Shores Presbyterian Church in January
and the photo on the right shows Mary Claire Dover with P.U.R.E.
volunteers with recycled toner and ink cartridges
Food Boxes Handed Out Volunteers worked Monday through Wednesday
the week of 14-18 December to prepare food boxes for the 201 families in
our area who requested food for Christmas Dinners. The boxes
included a turkey or chicken, dressing, bread, dessert, vegetables,
fruit, and cranberry sauce plus some other odds and ends. The
boxes were finally ready for handing out on Thursday and Friday and that
process went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and
members of the Gulf Shores fire department. Some photos below will
give you a feel of the effort put forth. Thanks to all of the
volunteers who prepared the boxes, helped hand them out and to those who
provided food and money to the center to make this all possible.
Donation The Orange Beach Lions
Club made a cash donation of $200.00 in December to the Center to help
cover the costs of providing food for the hungry in our community.
Thanks Lions. Making the presentation were Pam Davis and Charles
Larrimore of the Lions Club and accepting the donation on behalf of the
Center were Kay Reese and Jim Denison as shown in the photo below.
Click the photo to view an enlarged version. It should also be
noted that Charles is a regular volunteer at the center as well.
Donation by Community Association Organization The Community Association Organization of
Pleasure Island presented a check for $1000.00 to Linda Chappelle,
President of the Board of Directors of The Christian Service Center
on Tuesday 8 December 2009 at the Center's office in Gulf Shores.
Shown in the photo below from left tor right are Keith Jiskna,
President, Linda Chappell of the Center, David Sharpe, Vice
President, and Jeniee Hudson, Secretary of the Community Association
Sponsor Appreciation Reception On
December 4, 2009 The Center held a Sponsor Appreciation Reception at
the home of Radney and Bev Tucker. The reception was for those
who have contributed and continued to support the CSC. Photos
were taken during the reception and may be viewed by clicking the
small photo below. It was a fun evening for all who attended
and the Board of Directors is pleased that so many of our friends
and supporters were able to attend. A special thanks to Radney
and Bev Tucker for the use of their home and to Fay Cook and those
on her committee for all the hard work that went in to planning and
preparing for the event. The food was delightful.
Center of Gulf Shores recently participated in their 4th
annual Holiday toy and food drive to help the clients of the
Christian Service Center located in Gulf Shores, AL. Tina Watkins,
owner of Curves, says Our Curves members are a family, not only our
local members, but our wonderful winter guests who join us part of
the year. We have an amazing support group and truly enjoy helping
those in need.
Tina's commitment to helping others in
need has resulted in hundreds of magical toys for children who would
have little chance of receiving a toy and a twice annual food drive
that gives a needed hand up to local families working hard to secure
their financial footing again.
Curves looks forward to participating
in numerous charitable events in the community by promoting
charitable causes, learning about health-related issues and
developing lasting friendships.
The Christian Service Center salutes Tina
Watkins and the Curves clientele for their continued commitment to
this community. The Christian Service Center will be collecting
Christmas Toys for local children through December 18th
at 317 Dolphin Ave. To view a photo of the food collection by
Curves, click the small photo below.
Linda Chappelle, President of the Board of Directors for the
Christian Service Center was awarded the Island Spirit Award on
Monday December 1, 2009 at the Center's offices on Dolphin Drive.
Congratulations Linda on winning the award. No one deserves it
more and we are pleased that you were recognized for the work you do
on behalf of the Center, the community, and those who need the
services of the center. Two photos of the award are shown
below. Click them for larger images.
Food Drive A food drive sponsored by the Alabama Gulf
Coast Sports Commission, Kaiser Realty, South Baldwin Regional
medical Center, and Tacky Jacks was recently completed and the
approximately 300 pounds of food was donated to the Christian
Service Center. It was delivered to the center on Wednesday
December 2, 2009. Shown below is the food at delivery with
representatives of the food drive and the Center. Click the
photo to view a larger version.
Helper Toy Drive Benefits Local Children
The Christian Service Center and
Sunny 105.7 FM are teaming together to ensure local children have a
happy and delightful Christmas this year with the kick off of
Santa's Helper Toy Drive. No child should feel left out at
Christmas, not for any reason. These children have little chance of
receiving any gift unless it is through a toy drive for needy
children says Christian Service Center case worker and toy drive
co-chairman, Janice Moss. It just breaks my heart thinking
that any child would experience Christmas without a single gift.
By providing Christmas toys for children from birth to 16 years,
families with over-stressed finances will receive relief so they can
pay their bills. Because of this successful program, over 2000 local
children have been blessed with holiday toys in past years.
The Center is expecting a greater
number of children this year, and many area businesses are offering
to help out as locations for toy donations.Toys do not have to be expensive to be special. Whether a
child needs a left-handed base ball glove or a Miss Kitty purse,
Christian Service Center volunteers happily glean through each
donation until every child's wish list has that special touch of
Santa. Knowing a needy child will receive something
special for Christmas is our greatest gift says Mrs. Moss.
You too can help delight a child this Christmas by bringing an
unwrapped toy to these business locations: Sunny 105.7 Studio, Gulf
Shores Pharmacy, The Happy Shak, Hope's Cheesecake, Robertsdale
Feed, Dr. J.D. West, Sweetie Pies, Back To School, The Original
Oyster House, St. Charles Place, Milos, Duck's Diner, Longhorn Steak
House, The Office Lounge, Merrill Miller Interiors, Charm Boutique,
Manning Jewelry, W&W Flooring, Kitty's Cafe, and Pack & Mail.
Toys can also be dropped off at the Christian Service Center at 317
Dolphin Ave in Gulf Shores Monday to Friday 9 am until noon. For
more information, call the Christian Service Center office at
Left to right Janice Moss, Lee Hagan, Mary
Releases Startling New Statistics on Hunger
The USDA reported that 49 million
Americans, including nearly 17 million
children, are food insecure. The new data reinforces recent findings
from a research study conducted by Feeding America reflecting a
dramatic increase in requests for emergency food assistance from
food banks across the country.
The 2009 report on Household Food Insecurity in
the United States shows an increase of 36 percent over the numbers
released one year ago by the USDA, which found that 36.2 million
American were at risk of hunger. “It is tragic that so many people
in this nation of plenty don’t have access to adequate amounts of
nutritious food,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding
America. Although these new numbers are staggering, it should be
noted that these numbers reflect the state of the nation one year
ago, in 2008. Since then, the economy has significantly weakened,
and there are likely many more people struggling with hunger than
this report states.
Escarra observes, “Our network food banks are
calling us every day, telling us that demand for emergency food is
higher than it has ever been in our history. Feeding America will
continue to work closely with our partners at USDA to ensure that
the public and charitable sectors are keeping pace—as best we
can—with the dramatically increasing need for food assistance.”
The dramatic increase in food insecurity makes
our mission more important than ever. With Child Nutrition
Reauthorization around the corner, President Obama and Congress have
a chance to make a real difference for millions of hungry Americans
by strengthening child nutrition programs. It is up to the
anti-hunger community to keep up the pressure on our elected
officials and urge them to make ending hunger a priority.
Brent Burns Blue
Moon Benefit Concert
Adult Activity Center Gulf Shores December 31 2009
Night to Howl!
The perfect stress relief is at your fingertips.
Shake off 2009 by celebrating at the Christian Service Center's Brent
Burns Blue Moon Bash on New Year's Eve. This is the 2nd
annual Burn's Bash fundraiser for the Christian Service Center Food
Pantry of Gulf Shores.
This event offers a good time to celebrate an actual Blue Moon event for
all ages, with reasonable prices, early hours and a
bring-your-own-everything type of party. The gathering is at the Gulf
Shores Adult Activity Center on 260 Clubhouse Drive in Gulf Shores on
New Year's Eve from 7
is $15 per person plus a non-perishable food item. Tickets are advance
purchase by credit card (MC/Visa) by calling 251-948-8863. Don't delay
and don't risk being left out,
as seating is limited!
Check the our
website at Needs list page for specific food items needed for the
food pantry program that feeds hundreds of local hard-working families
every year. This party is strictly BYO Everything. We will have tables
and chairs set up and ice is available, but you're on your own for
refreshments and food.
Itâ' pretty casual so no need to break out the formal attire! Guys,
you'll be happy to know that there is a dance floor and Brent plays some
rocking music to howl at the moon by!
Hope you'll join us! Call with your MasterCard or Visa at 251-948-8863
for reservations. We hope you'll get into the spirit and decorate your
table. Brent will give a bottle of champagne to the most beautifully
decorated table and another bottle to the most 'unusually decorated'
table. We'll open the doors at 6:30PM so you can decorate before Brent
starts. Please join us for a howling good time and a great start on
Sand Spur Band January 24th 2010 Christian Life Church in Orange
Beach. 7:00 PM Tickets $10.00 Four Winds Concert
February 18th 2010. Orange Beach United Methodist Church
Sirens of the Sea Food
and Funds Donation The lovely ladies
of the Sirens of the Sea
visited the Center on Tuesday 17 November with a donation of food for
the pantry and a hefty check to enable the Center to continue operating
and meeting the needs of our clients. Photos of the occasion, taken in
the food pantry are shown below. Each of the photos may be
enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail. Thank you ladies for your
generosity and your concern for those in our community who need our
Baldwin Food Drive The Inshore
Fisherman's Association and South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
sponsored a food drive during their Redfish Tournament held Friday and
Saturday 6-7 November 2009 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Participating in the food drive in addition to IFA and SBRMC were
Columbia Southern University, Peninsula Golf Resort, Craft Farms,
Emerald Coast Redfish Club, and the Alabama Convention and Visitors
Bureau. Photos were taken on Saturday of some parts of the event,
and on Monday after the food was delivered and unloaded at the Center.
They may be viewed by clicking the small photo below. With over
3500 lbs of food delivered to the Center, we can only say Thank You over
and over to all who made this generous donation. You have helped
us meet our food needs for weeks to come.
Newcomers Club Donations The
Newcomers Club of Pleasure Island held it's monthly luncheon and
business meeting on Tuesday 3 November 2009 at the Beach Club on Fort
Morgan Road. The speaker for their program was Bill Martin, Food
Pantry Co-Chair of the Center. Edith Bolster, a volunteer at the
Center, arranged for Bill to present the program about the Center and
its many programs to aid those in need in our service area. The
ladies of the club brought cans of soup to the luncheon to stock the
pantry at the center, resulting in over 165 cans of various kinds of
soup being donated. Thank you Newcomers for your generosity.
A photo of Bill and the CSC volunteers who are members of the Newcomers
club was taken after the luncheon and is shown below.
Health Care Screening
Free health care screenings are available on Tues. Nov 24,
2009 from the Christian Service Center and Sacred Heart "Mission in
Motion" team from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at Gulf Shores First Presbyterian
Church parking lot, 309 East 21st Ave, Gulf Shores. Fasting 4 hours
prior to testing is recommended, but not required.
Same day and free results available for Cholesterol, Diabetes,
Anemia and Blood Pressure tests. Participants need to be at least 18
years old. No ID is required.
5 Great Benefits by attending: 1. Free health care.
2. Keep results to take to your doctor later. 3. No waiting,
immediate results 4. Maintain your health. 5. Fast, friendly
and free! Need more information? Call Sacred Heart at 850-416-7826
or the CSC at 968-5256.
Drive By Mid South Home Health
The Christian Service Center was the recipient of the food collected
during a recent food drive put on by Mid South Home Health located in
Foley at 1390 N. McKenzie Street. Over 700 pounds of canned and boxed
food items were in the dozens of bags of food collected by Mid South
Home Health, over 300 pounds of which came from Mid South Home Health
employees. Volunteers from the Center picked up the food with the
aid of Mid South Home Health employees, and transported it to the Center
for distribution to clients of the center seeking food and other
assistance. Several photos were taken during the pick-up and these
may be viewed by clicking the small photos below. Clicking on the
photos will enlarge them for more detail. The large photo below
the smaller ones is of the entire Mid South Home Health crew on duty in
Foley the morning of the pick-up. Thank you for your generosity
and for helping us help others in our area.
A Rummage Sale to Benefit the Christian
Service Center will be held at the Gulf Shores First Presbyterian
Church from 8 a.m. -- noon on Saturday, October 3.
In anticipation of this event, Pastor Steven Kurtz suggested
allowing neighbors to also be a part of this support for the
Christian Service Center's efforts to help the needy in our
area, through a unique type of scavenger hunt appropriately called
"Little Bit Better Hunt".
Each member will start with an item, simple as a paper clip, and
challenge each home to trade up with a better item for the up-coming
rummage sale. Kurtz said, "It might make for some interesting items
for sale in addition to the usual clothing, books and household
Any person with items to donate to the Rummage Sale may bring them
to the Church at 309 East 21st Avenue in Gulf Shores, or call (251)
968-7720 or www.gspres.com for
further information. If you need large items picked up call Jean
Adcock (251) 974-3148.
Pat Humphrey, Jean Adcock and Janice Runnels Sort
Through Rummage Sale Items
We're In The New Facilities
The Christian Service Center expansion and remodeling project is
complete and all of the new additions and remodeled areas are now being
used. We are grateful to the Erie Meyer Foundation for the grant,
to WAP Inc for their construction skills and management, to the dozens
of volunteers who aided in the construction, to those who fed the
volunteers, and to all of the volunteers who man the center on a daily
basis for their patience in working around the many changes made
necessary by the disruption during construction. We will now be
able to serve more in need in our community. Photos of some of the
new areas taken Tuesday September 22nd may be viewed by clicking
the small photo below.
Certificate of Occupancy Obtained
The Christian Service Center expansion and remodeling project reached a
big milestone on Friday 11 September 2009 when we got our certificate of
occupancy from the city of Gulf Shores. Now there remains the
final touches inside both the Auxiliary building and the new offices in
the main building. To view photos of the work done since the last
report click the photo below.
Howard, James, Jimmy Best Construction
The Christian Service Center expansion and remodeling continues.
We have the end in sight as the addition to the auxiliary building has
been dried in, insulated, and sheetrocked. The shelves, freezers,
and food from the main building food pantry have been removed and we are
temporarily operating out of cramped quarters in the auxiliary building.
The walls have been built for the two new offices and sheetrock was
completed on Wednesday 26 August. We have had a dedicated group of
volunteers who have done this work, and have been blessed by folks who
have brought lunch each day. Soon we will all be moving into our
new facilities. Photos of work accomplished since our last report
may be viewed by clicking the small photo below.
Cool Change Charter Aids Center
The Christian Service Center recently received two checks from Captain
Joe Nash and First mate Kyle Partain of the charter fishing boat
Cool Change which is
out of Orange Beach. Captain Nash ran charters on a weekend, the
proceeds of which were donated to the Center. Captain Nash donated
$1500 to the Center and his First Mate Kyle Partain donated his tips for
the day totaling $170 for a total contribution of $1670. The
center is grateful to Captain Nash and the crew of the Cool Change for
their very generous contribution to the Center. The funds
collected will help the Center as it continues to assist those in need
in our community. A photo of the check presentation is shown
Left to right are Cindy
Brown, Capt Joe Nash, Jennifer Jackson, 1st Mate Kyle Partain, and Stan
News Flash.....Fabulous Fashions Show for
to Serve More and Better The Christian Service
Center is in the process of expanding our auxiliary building in order to
consolidate all of the food handling, birthday club, and medical
equipment processes into that building in order to gain more space to
see clients in our administrative building during our hours of
operation. Currently we sometimes see overflow clients in the
hallways, front porch and even reception area. Once the auxiliary
building is complete, the admin building will be remodeled to include
more offices and other improvements. The work on the auxiliary building
and follow on work in the admin building is being done by volunteers and
what a great group of folks they are. To give everyone a flavor of
what has taken place to date........August 10th 2009, click the small
photo below for a slide show of the construction from start to now.
More on growth will be provided later and YES you can volunteer to work
on the construction and remodeling. Just come to the Center and
you will be given a job.
Donation from Christian Life Church
Pictured left to right: Administrative Pastor Phillip Anthony of
Christian Life Church presents a check for $3,100.00 to Christian
Service Center President Linda Chapelle also pictured are Christian Life
Church members Janice Moss and husband Stan Moss.
Donation from Sirens
of the Sea
The Christian Service Center received a donation from
Sirens of the Sea and were visited by Barbara Pugh and Helen Shivers of
the Sirens when the check was presented to Linda Chappell, President of
the Board of Directors of the Christian Service Center on July 21st
2009. A photo of presentation of the check may be viewed below.
Left to right in the photo are Barbara Pugh, Linda Chappelle and Helen
Newest Food Donor
The Christian Service Center's newest donor is Pleasure
Island Produce located on East 20th Street, near Hope's Cheese Cake.
They are providing us the produce that is left at the end of the day for
distribution to our clients the next day. Stop by and thank them
when you can, and buy some corn or watermelons.....everything they sell
is great. Click the small photo below to view a larger version of this
The Pleasure Island Rotary Club presented a check for
$2000.00 to the Christian Service Center on Thursday May 21st 2009 at
the Rotary Club's weekly luncheon meeting. The check was presented
to CSC President Linda Chappelle by Pleasure Island Rotary Club
President Rick Burdick. A photo of the presentation may be viewed
by clicking the small photo below.
The Pleasure Island Rotary Club sponsored the Mayor's
Annual Pleasure Island Prayer Breakfast held at the Erie Meyer
Civic Center in Gulf Shores, AL on May 8, 2009. Ralph Gilges, a
member of the Rotary Club and husband of CSC volunteer Cheryl Gilges,
was the MC. After some brief remarks were offered by Ralph, the
opening prayer was offered by Rev. Rick Long, pastor of Christian Life
Church of Orange Beach, after which Rick Burdick, President of the
Pleasure Island Rotary Club spoke, followed by brief remarks by the Hon.
Carolyn Doughty, Mayor Pro Tempore of Gulf Shores, standing in for Mayor
Robert Craft and by the Hon. Tony Kennon, Mayor of Orange Beach.
Then appreciation for the contributions to the community by the
Christian Service Center and its volunteers and the Civil Air Patrol was
expressed by Ralph, followed by his introduction of Guest Speaker,
Congressman Jo Bonner of the First Congressional District of Alabama.
Music throughout the breakfast was provide by the Sims Family Quartet.
The closing prayer was offered by Rev. Neil McDavid of the Gulf Shores
United Methodist Church. Several photos were taken of some of the
CSC volunteers and others at the breakfast, and these may be viewed by
clicking the small photo below of Congressman Bonner, Linda Chappelle,
CSC President and Ralph Gilges of the Pleasure Island Rotary Club and MC
of the event. Thank you to all who made this event happen, to the
inspiring speakers, the Sims Family quartet, and especially the Rotary
Club for their generous gift of most of the proceeds from this event to
Newest Food Donor
The Christian Service Center is now receiving chicken
generously donated by Clucker's Fried Chicken located at 116 East 20th
Avenue in Gulf Shores, AL, Our thanks to Clucker's for agreeing to
give their unsold chicken at the close of the day to the Center, which
in turn will enable us to continue fighting hunger in our community.
Photos of the store are shown below. Click the smaller images to
see a larger version of each.
Publix Continues Donations
The Publix store in Orange Beach continues to supply the
needs of our community with bread and pastry products every day.
Volunteers from the Center pick up the bread and other items at the
loading dock of the store and deliver them to Center before opening at
9:00 AM Monday through Sunday. The pick up by our dedicated
volunteers is made rain or shine. To view a photo of the Publix
store and what a typical pick up looks like click the small photos
Illinois Snowbird Club Donation
The Christian Service Center was presented with a big
check by the Illinois Snowbird Club as many of its members headed for
home. The check was presented by Frank Borror to Kay Reese on
Friday 13th (A lucky day for the Center) which drew a big smile from
those attending the presentation. Click the small photo below to
view a larger version of the presentation.
Supper Fund Raiser
The Christian Service Center's
annual Spaghetti dinner fund raiser was held Monday March 2nd 2009 at
the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center. To view two slide show taken
before and during the event Monday, click the two small photos below labeled
The Supper. Clicking the other photos below will enable you to see
some larger photos sent to the web master by Mary Claire Dover for use
on the web site.
Supper Photos by Bill Martin and Mary Claire Dover
Some Cooks Photo by Mary Claire Dover
Our Major Sponsor for the Spaghetti Supper
Holy Spirit Thrift Store Gulf Shores, AL
The CSC In-Service was held Monday January 26th at the
Gulf Shores Presbyterian Church. Photos were taken by several
folks and the one shown below was sent to the web master by Rev. Steven
Kurtz. Thanks Steven. To view a larger version of the photo
click the small photo.
Here is the announcement
which was placed in the local papers regarding the Center's work in the
community for 2008.
The Christian Service
Center of Gulf Shores, a United Way Agency, held its Annual In-Service Day
breakfast rally on January 26, 2009
with President Linda Chappelle and Program Chairmen announcing 2008
accomplishments and plans for 2009. Run entirely by dedicated volunteers,
is a nonprofit food pantry / emergency aid agency established by the
Pleasure Island Ministerial Association offering emergency aid to GulfShores,
Since inception in 1991,
30,000 individuals, including 14,000 children have received personalized
crisis assistance from ChristianServiceCenter
caseworkers offering “hand-up” solutions.
In 2008, the CSC
experienced a 69% increase in the number of clients, exceeding the number of
clients receiving assistance in either 2004 (Hurricane Ivan) or 2005
(Hurricane Katrina). The CSC met this increase thanks to strong support of
area churches, businesses, schools, snowbird clubs, service clubs and
organizations, local merchants, restaurants and individual donors.
The CSC’s newly adopted
ink and toner cartridge recycling program further reduces office expenses.
Cartridge drop offs are joyfully accepted at the CSC office and at the
and Orange Beach Public Libraries.
Every position at the
CSC is filled by a dedicated and eager volunteer. No one is paid a salary,
making the CSC’s overhead of 1% one of the lowest in the nation. The one
percent overhead expense also allows 99 cents of every donated dollar to be
reinvested in the community.
No two people are alike,
or their challenges. From loss of work hours, home fire disasters or
domestic violence relocations, the ChristianServiceCenter’s
caseworkers tailor their programs to meet each client’s individual need.
Other CSC programs are Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy Program, GulfShores
and Fort Morgan Meals on Wheels, Children’s Birthday Club, Handicap
Equipment Loaner Program and Agency Referral Program.
CSC 2008 Accomplishments:
a total of 4429 individuals including:
Children and 2627 Adults
Food Pantry Program
73,500 balanced meals
2008 Emergency Aid Program
2008 Christmas Cheer Christmas Toy
Largest Toy Drive for local children
children received 1800 Christmas Toys
2008 Christmas Cheer Christmas Dinner
Families served / 500 people.
2008 Christmas Cheer for the Homebound
2008 Sacred Heart
in Motion Free Health Care Program
113 Free Flu Shots
143 Free Cholesterol and Glucose
2009 plans include
expansion of the CSCAccessoryBuilding
and remodeling the CSC offices at 317 Dolphin Avenue,
Enlargement of the AccessoryBuilding
will provide greater food handling efficiency and capacity for both the CSC
clients and several area nonprofit agencies supported by the CSC. The
increased counseling space will provide clients greater personal assistance,
more client confidentiality and increased resources in problem resolution.
In order to meet the growing needs, the ChristianServiceCenter
is in need of an additional $20,000 for the project to become a reality.
Excitement is increasing
in anticipation for the upcoming March 02, Annual CSC Spaghetti Dinner
fundraiser. Held in the GulfShoresAdultActivityCenter;
the event is a favorite with both locals and winter visitors. Dine in or
take out is available from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Great food, live music by
Jubilee Pickers and “just-fun” camaraderie for the all-inclusive price of
$8.00 per plate. Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser tickets benefiting Christian
Service Center programs are available at the CSC office, Jubilee Gifts, Just
Books, Smart & Sassy, Foley Performing Arts Center and Wall to Wall
Christmas Toys and Food Boxes
During the month of December the Center distributed over
170 boxes of Christmas Dinners and 400 bags of toys for children in the
community. It took the work of dozens of volunteers and hundreds
of hours of service to make this happen. Without the contributions
of our communities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan none of
this would have happened. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to
make this all possible, and a special thanks to Wade Ward for donating
space to store and distribute the toys so the daily and Christmas food
distribution would not be interrupted. To view three photos of the
Christmas food boxes just prior to their distribution click any of the
small photos below to view a larger image.
Shown below is a photo taken by Mary Clair Dover of some
of the crew which helped distribute the Christmas Boxes. Click the
small photo to see a larger version.
Publix Joins List of Food Contributors
Publix recently opened a store in Orange Beach, AL and as
a part of their community involvement have agreed to provide food
products to the Center which would otherwise be discarded and not used.
We are pleased to add them to the list of other businesses in our
community (see our Home page) who are fighting hunger by contributing
food which can feed the hungry rather than letting it go to waste.
Please use the Publix store whenever you can, and when you do, thank
them for their participation in this program which is vital to our
success. Please continue to do this with our other business
partners as well. Three photos of some of the food received on
Monday September 22, 2008 may be accessed by clicking the small photos
Where Dollars Count More
This story appeared in several news papers and is
repeated here for those who missed it.
Linda Chappelle receiving check from Cal Hanson a
volunteer for the Christian Service Center and spouse of a retired
a United Way Agency, announces the receipt of an additional $500.00
ExxonMobil Grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation in 2008.
This grant purchases more
than USDA food for the ChristianService
Food Pantry program, this donation purchases dignity. Dignity is
provided by way of food for hungry children, clothing for families of home
fires and medical help for domestic violence victims. When the rug is
unexpectedly pulled from underneath, the Christian
counselors and food pantry volunteers help clients regain balance in their
lives. This is why supporters and volunteers know miracles occur daily
inside the walls of the Christian
located at 317 Dolphin Street
The successful CSC food
pantry program, emergency aid program and Meals on Wheels nutritional
program are also supported through the generosity of area churches,
businesses, schools, service clubs and organizations, local merchants,
restaurants and individual donors. In a time when burdens may feel
overwhelming, the ChristianService
Centeroffers Christian hope and guidance to the residents of Gulf
The Christian Service Center and their clients are
grateful to industry leader ExxonMobil and their employees for their
generous monetary and volunteer service gift to help this community.
ExxonMobil supports programs targeted to worldwide health issues because
they believe that good health is a springboard to opportunity, achievement
and development. ExxonMobil also supports the individual volunteer service
of their employees and family members.
If you are in need of Christian Service Center
services or you would like to volunteer at the CSC or offer your support,
please call  968-5256 for more information or view their website at
www.cscgs.com. All monetary and food
donations are welcome and are tax deductible.Every dollar received by the Christian Service Center is expended in
purchasing food and services for families in our community.
New Briefing To view a narrated briefing about what the Christian Service Center does,
click the slide photo below and wait for the Microsoft Media Player to load.
It may take a moment
Mullet Wrapper News
The Mullet Wrapper shows our new officers and offers a fine article about
the Center in its April 23, 2008 issue.
Click here to go to the issue which contains
the article and then use the search box at the top of the page to search for
Christian Service Center, and then view the photo and read the article.
A copy of the photo from the article is shown below.
David Saunders, the Vice President for the Christian Service
Center has compiled statistics regarding the number of clients served by the
Center from 1991 to the present. To view a spreadsheet which displays
those statistics click the small spreadsheet below.
Learn About Hunger
America's Second Harvest helps feed the nations hungry. We use their
services through our Bay Area Food Bank. To learn more about hunger in
the United States CLICK HERE.
To view a video about hunger in America produced by Second Harvest,
This clip is from
A News Report About Food Prices from CNB
News All over America people are facing rising costs for food and
transportation to get to places to purchase food.
CLICK HERE to view a film clip on some of the aspects of this
problem. It is real, and the problem is local to Baldwin County even
if this clip is about another area. This clip is from YouTube.
A Report from PBS about Hunger All over America people are turning to Food Banks and Food
Pantries for food to help them make ends meet.
CLICK HERE to view a report on PBS TV
with Bill Moyer reporting.
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