For most, Christmastime brings warm thoughts of family, friends, and fellowship spent with those we love. But there are those in our community, the homeless, the low-income, and the marginalized population who wonder if they will have any Christmas at all.
Thankfully, there are area organizations that provide comfort and support to those in need through the year, but especially at this special time of year. One such organization is Newgate Mission, which exists to feed the people of God in mind, body, and spirit. Newgate relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to further their mission. Volunteer Becky Crawford helps facilitate the services of the organization, including assisting with the help desk and distributing needed supplies and resources to the clientele.
Mrs. Crawford also serves at the Newgate Bargain Center, helping to sort donated items and run the cash register. The bargain center offers a low-cost alternative to purchase items such as furniture, clothing and shoes for children and adults, electrical and household items, books, collectibles, and many other treasures. Funds raised help support the operation of Newgate Mission. In addition to her volunteer time with Newgate, Mrs. Crawford serves as treasurer of the Town and Country Garden Club.
“I volunteer because I enjoy it,” Mrs. Crawford said. “I have made new friends and reconnected with old friends. I get back much more than I give, but I believe more volunteers feel the same way.”
Mrs. Crawford was born in Lufkin, Texas, but is a life-long resident of Longview and graduated from Longview High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University, (now Texas A&M Commerce), and her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Crawford and her husband, Richard, have been married 46 years. They are the parents of two adult children and four grandchildren, Makenzie, Megan, Macy, and Aden. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford attend Trinity Episcopal Church, where Mrs. Crawford served, and is now retired, as the director of Trinity House.
“Richard and I both grew up here, our children grew up here, and now our grandchildren are growing up here,” Mrs. Crawford said. “Volunteering is an important way to ensure that our city stays vibrant so that future generations will want their children to grow up here too.”
There are many different ways to become involved in volunteer service at Newgate Mission. For more information, please call 903-757-6146 or visit www.newgatemission.org.