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Be a Deer and come to Abundant Living - Simple Giving Chili lunch

More than just a hearty breakfast and a chance to hang out with the guys, the Abundant Living-Simple Giving Men’s Breakfast is back for a second year raising money to purchase food for the boxes that families will receive in December.

            “The primary reason for hosting this event again is to raise the funds to purchase items for our Christmas boxes,” Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Walker said. “But I really like that this event provides an opportunity for a group of men to experience the fellowship of working together for a common cause.”

            Walker based his idea for Abundant Living-Simple Giving on a group of men in Abilene who call themselves Mighty Men Who Care.  Each man writes a check at the meeting for $100 and all of the funds are given to a preselected charity.

            “For many of us, giving $100 does not present a financial hardship,” Walker said. “If we can get 100 men to donate $100 each, that will help us achieve our goal of $10,000.”

            Last year’s event raised over 80 percent of the $10,000 goal for Christmas in July fundraising activities.  While many of the items for the Christmas boxes are collected through the #TackleHunger Food Drive in October, Good Samaritan purchases eggs, flour, sugar and a baking hen for each box.

            Walker said that the breakfast is designed to let men really enjoy the process of giving back to the community.

            “ I feel that it is important to know that you are part of a group of like-minded men,” Walker said. “You don’t get that same feeling by simply mailing in a check.  That’s why we do the breakfast. “ 

            Troy Evans will once again be cooking up a ‘hearty breakfast’ of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy and there will be fruit for the health conscious. 

            “The breakfast starts at 7 a.m.  It’s come-and go, but we hope you will come and stay and visit and network,” Walker said. “If you have to be at work by 8 a.m. we will have you there in plenty of time.  If you don’t have $100, give what you can.  It’s all about what’s in your heart.”

            Last year, many women got excited about Abundant Living-Simple Giving as a way to honor the men in their lives.

            “Many women wanted to be a part in honor of, or memory of a father, husband, brother or son.  Ladies are more than welcome to attend the breakfast,” Walker said.  “While we are targeting men, we welcome participation by ladies who are honoring men in their lives.”

            Men who accept the challenge but can’t attend on July 10, are encouraged to mail their gift to PO Box 1136, Brownwood, TX, 76804.  Mark your check 100 Men– 100 Dollars.