HAPPY NATIONAL 818 MINISTRIES DAY!
It is fitting, on 8/18, that we would share an update and celebrate all the Lord has done this year. It has been a HUGE second year for us and we are so excited at all that God has for the future of 818 Ministries. In Quarter 2 we had several fun events and accomplished a lot, so I’d like to share the highlights and then make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom for pictures – we love sharing!
First, this year the Lord has sent us such a sweet Ambassador for our ministry named Addison. Addison lives in West Tennessee and is very passionate about our mission and helping us carry it out. At only 13 years old, she reached out to us about a year ago with the desire to bring 818 Ministries to her town. We couldn’t help but fall in love with her and Abbey Bolton and I traveled to visit her this April. We held an event with her church, close family and friends that allowed us the opportunity to serve side by side Addison and show her more of what we are about. Following that event she is owning 818 Ministries in her area, frequently getting groups of women together to make hats and write letters that will impact patients facing serious illnesses in her area.
Second, we got the opportunity to share a second time with the women at 4G’s (Gray United Methodist Church in Gray, TN) at their May meeting about what the Lord has done through 818 since we were with them last in 2015. Such a blessing to share with them – if you have never heard our full story, scroll down and there is a link!
Third, we had the chance to share with Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN, in June about our story and the ladies there did a fantastic job sewing hats and writing letters that have been delivered to hospitals across the country!
Last but not least, a couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to take several of the University of Tennessee football players (Latroy Lewis, Malik Foreman and Todd Kelley Jr.) to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to hand deliver hats to their patients. It was a great time and the patients loved seeing the VOLS! Go Big Orange!
To date this year, we have donated 313 hat+letter packets to hospitals, children’s hospitals and treatment centers across the country. We feel so blessed at how the Lord is pouring out favor on this ministry and we’re in awe of His goodness to us. Thank you for following us and partnering with us as we continue growing!
Founder, 818 Ministries