The Good News at Noon Project
In the spirit of Christmas here at Carriage Automotive Group, we thought it would be a great idea to organize a charity event with hopes of helping those who are less fortunate than we are. This idea started the Good News at Noon Project. This year, we are proud to announce that we raised over $1,200 so that we could provide a Christmas dinner to individuals and families in need.
We want to thank everyone who contributed to this wonderful cause, as well as our helpful and charitable team at Carriage Automotive. The delicious meal was cooked by our salesman, Kevin Nottingham with the help of Alejandro and Colton. We had a number of employees from all of the Carriage dealerships and our business office come out and make time on Christmas day to serve others. Altogether, there were approximately 50 people that received a good, home-cooked meal on Christmas day that may not have otherwise had one.
Donna, who works in the kitchen at Good News, stated that they were still in need of plastic bins and cleaning supplies. Any money that is leftover from the fundraising after the Christmas dinner will be donated directly to Good News at Noon.
Here’s some info regarding Good News at Noon:
We lift Jesus up (John 12:32) in word and deed (Col 3:17) by serving the homeless and those in need from the Melrose neighborhood and all of Gainesville/ Hall County.
In 1987, following a 37-year career as a school teacher and administrator, Gene Beckstein sensed God’s leading towards a new occupation: reaching out to those in need right where he lived. So along with his wife, Margie, the Becksteins placed a sign in their front yard inviting all who were hungry into their home for lunch. The word of their hospitality spread quickly and from this daily display of concern for those in need “Good News At Noon” was born. The overflow crowd in their kitchen soon relocated to a seldom-used community center at Melrose Apartments, a government-subsidized low-income housing project.
Churches, civic groups, families, and individuals from across Gainesville’s diverse community began to align themselves with Mr. & Mrs. B (as they affectionately became known) in their attempt to meet the immediate needs of those around them. Multiple side ministries soon began to sprout out of the original free lunch program: a homeless shelter was constructed, a food pantry ministry blossomed, summer school programs reached out to the children of the area, even a free medical/dental clinic began and was later able to move out on their own. God graciously prospered Good News At Noon.
Today tens-of-thousands, without regard to social or ethnic background, are fed, clothed, housed, and ministered to each year. Hudson Taylor, 19th century missionary, once said, “God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” The truth of that statement is on display daily at Good News At Noon.