GAMING WITH A CAUSE - WOODY'S GAME DAY
- Woody's Game Day
Sunday Nov. 16th
Shalom Tel Aviv
516 Washington Street
Stoughton MA (Route 138)
All welcome, good day for family and friends, learn new and
interesting board and card games and try some great Israeli food.
If you bring a pack of clean men's white tube socks you will get
entered into a raffle for a great prize!
All proceeds from game day admission will go to Woody's Project.
Woody's Project in a non-profit organization that feeds and clothes
homeless people in Brockton and the surrounding areas .
As a thanks to Shalom Tel Aviv for opening up their establishment for
this event, I would ask that no outside food or drink be brought to
the restaurant. The restaurant has very reasonable prices and there
are many other restaurants in the area.
"Woody's Project" is an organization that provides homeless folks in
Brockton and the surrounding areas with warm meals
I worked on Park Street near the Boston Common for about
5 years and i met many people without a home that i would not hesitate
to call a friend. There are some very bitter months of weather coming
soon and i want to help these people.
for more info or directions please call: 617-596-9458
More about Woody's project and a pre-thank you note from the founders
of the organization:
Woody's Homeless Project
It has been almost 18 yrs since we first went out on the streets
of Brockton. We go out twice a week in the summer months. We
go out 3 times a week during the winter. Out with blankets on cold winter
When this project first began, we were feeding homeless people in the
parks, in doorways ... as the weeks went by, it was soon news on the
streets, that some food/church ladies come on the street and they will
be at the
park on Weds/Sat. Soon the lines were long for the things we brot.
They still call us the
We would go out with a bag lunch, hot soup, coats, new socks, hats,
As time went by people began to give us clothing, donating can goods
for the men
living in the camp grounds. Sometimes we are feeding 106 people
weekly, mostly 45 ish.
We found there were 3 shelters in Brockton that served the people
well. They were given
breakfast, and a night meal,and a warm bed. As we would go out week
after week, we would hear about others ..in NEED, others who were not
welcome at the shelters, still struggling with addiction, and so
unable to utilize the shelters. As we developed relationships with the
street people, and many people
in doorways, hungry,they began to trust us, they began to tell us where
there were others living in boxes, in tents in the woods in the heart
of the city.
We got together teams and made our way into the wooded areas...we were
the community life in these places. We were awestruck by the
life there. During this time, we met a couple from Marshfield who had
a tent ministry. Don and
Nancy would go out in their community collecting cans thrown on the
side of the road. They would
then buy tents and give them to us at Woody's. The communities had new
tents.....from monetary donations
we were able to buy sleeping bags. Local businesses gave us donations,
and the men were able to
live in the woods out of doors comfortably ... we then discovered the
Colemans was making tent heaters that could be used
safely inside the tents. Another ministry developed from that ...my
husband, and Donna's husband would
make Propane runs to the campgrounds. The guys would use the propane
to heat the tents ...!!
As we began to gain the trust of the communities, they began to depend
on us, and we had to
live with people saying we were enabling these people. Truth was ,if
were werent out there, they STILL were.
As time went by, and the trust was built, they began to allow us to
help them get papers in order, to get them to
shelters, housing, assistance.... we began to see those we had come to
love able to do what was needed to
get into what 'we call' the main stream, the good life, we saw them
open up and be able to get jobs, find housing,
and help others. It always filled my heart with joy, to see those who
had made it out, and come back indoors, out there caring for those who
had not. We had seen our guys drunk,sick,starving, even to death, but
also seen them flourish with care, and able to stand up with a little
help and take their lives back.
It has now been 18 yrs....we have seen some die, we still serve many
on the streets....but we have seen many reunited with families...we
have seen many come off the streets and return to work and life.
At this point I just want to say, many of our guys over the years were
viet nam vets, in need of love, acceptance, approval and validation.
Beside the socks, jackets, soup,toilet paper and material things we
bring, we have been able by the grace of God to bring them love and
care... and have been blessed by the love they have for another, we
set out to be a blessing..... and many times have been the ones
(Woody was a man from Boston, he struggled and hurt, and in the end,
We are grateful to those who have gone out with us...
to those who have purchased socks... many collected by young children...
a clean dry pair of socks is a real gift on a cold rainy/snowy day
We are grateful to those donate clothing, money, sardines, hand
warmer, propane bottles
We are ever so grateful to so many for so many many things.... and to
so many people
who make lunches/ soup/ and trek out with us ...
Grateful to those who have gone out on Thanksgiving for a tailgate
I could go on and on ....
So I will just say .... We are grateful..... !! and we know the guys
If you want to see love, look into the eyes of a man who is smiling
and ever so happy for a clean
dry pair of socks.
Thanks to all who help ...!!
Thank you ...
Lee Weeks, Donna Butler
Woody's Homeless Project
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