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BREAKING 12-4-08 Christian Service Telethon Hopes to Raise $75K Sun, Dec 7 on CityWide TV
Thursday, Dec 04, 2008 8:15pm

SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) COMMUNITY NEWS: 11am 12-4-08 Like many other non-profit organizations, the Christian Service Program of Shreveport-Bossier is in desperate need of money, so they’re depending on a community donations during their Christian Service Telethon.


This is the major fundraiser for Christian Service, and will be broadcast live this Sunday, December 7th from Noon-6pm on ComCast CityWide TV, Cable Channel 6 in Shreveport.  Last year’s event raised nearly $50,000…and this year, it’s hoped that viewers will pledge $75,000 to kick off the 2009 campaign. 


Executive Director for Christian Service, Brother Giovanni Reed says one of the biggest problems facing Christian Service is the increased demand to feed even more persons at Sister Margaret’s Hospitality House soup kitchen – all the while dealing with higher food costs and a shrinking donor base.


This past year has seen a marked increase of hot meals served over 2007 (with 90,000 meals projected to be served by the end of this year, and 1.4 million meals served since Hospitality House began.)


Founded back in 1970, by Sister Margaret McCaffrey, the Christian Service Program is designed to insure that no one will go without a hot meal (served twice daily). Sister Margaret passed away 10 years ago, at which time Brother Geo was hired as the Executive Director. 


Emphasizing that Christian Service does not receive United Way funding, nor any contributions from state or federal agencies, Reed says the organization is entirely dependent on private donations from individuals and businesses.


Members of the Christian Service Board of Directors will assist in taking phone contributions during the expanded six-hour Christian Service Telethon to be emceed by Tom Pace, talk show host and editor of “The Talk of the Town.”


The 2008 Telethon will feature special appeals from local community and business leaders, government officials, area legislators, along with fire and law enforcement representatives. 


Viewers will be encouraged to donate whatever they can afford – “Whether it’s $1, or $1,000…it all goes to help feed the hungry and house the homeless in the Shreveport-Bossier area,” said Pace. 


Pledge donations to the Christian Service Telethon can be made by calling 318-221-4857, said Pace.

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