Christmas for Mitch & the Kids

Over the weekend the Taylor Foundation and Taylor Technologies hosted 30+ Helping Up Mission guys at a Christmas-gifts-for-kids-of-HUM-men event!

This year the foundation sent over 27,500 boxes of Christmas gifts to Third World countries and also supported the children of men in our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program.

The Manchester Blue Sox baseball team and others also showed — including Nick, the 1,000th grad in HUM history who, today, lives and works in the greater Baltimore area!

Together we wrapped over 2,000 individual gifts for HUM kids!

Interestingly, many of our guys who went to wrap were not fathers of the children who would receive these gifts! They just wanted to help someone else. One of them was Mitch.

An energetic young guy, Mitch has a passion for life. And appreciating the way drugs made him feel, he thought they would really help him put it all together.

They didn’t…

So, at 26, Mitch managed to lose his children, marriage and career. Arriving at HUM, he was ready to try something different. But it wasn’t easy settling in here and “taking suggestions” from our staff.

But Mitch wanted to change and was open to hearing what we were saying. It took a little while, but his mind cleared and he decided to get with the Program.

It’s been 4 months and we talk quite a bit, now. Mitch is amazed how often God shows up in so many different ways in his life on a daily basis.

Of course, I told him God’s been doing this kind of thing for him all along, he just wasn’t “tuned in!”

So, this Christmas there’ll be lots of happy HUM kids…and quite a few grateful — and growing — HUM dads!


One Life at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director