I am writing on behalf of House of Mercy church, located at 1126 Cypress St. in Baytown.

I am reaching out in regard to an event we have planned on Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 500 E James St., in Baytown. This event is our second annual Christmas banquet for the homeless. Our first one was a success and we are hoping to reach more people this year. 

We are expecting at least 200 people to attend this event, because we are setting up teams to pick up people from Baytown, Channelview, Pasadena, Jacinto City, Crosby, Highlands and possibly downtown Houston as well. There are several local ministries and organizations partnering with us for this event. We will have dinner, clothes, gifts, haircuts, and more for the people who live on the streets. 

This event requires a lot of preparation so we are reaching out now. The reason we are reaching out is we currently have a great need for shower trucks among other things. We have received approval from City Hall to have shower trucks on site for the homeless, however we have not been able to get in contact with anyone who has these. 

The average cost of renting one is $3,500, which is out of the current budget range. If you know anyone who may have one of these or who would be willing to help us with the cost of renting one, please let us know. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in partnering with us for this event, please contact Teresa McCartney Hoffart 713-702-2848. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider our needs for this event.

Brandi Bourne



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