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How It Works
The Honor Card is a marvelous way to recognize a friend or family member and at the same time give a meaningful gift to someone in need.
With a donation of $5 or more you receive an Honor Card that you inscribe to that individual. Recognizing them and making a contribution in their honor.
The Honor Card is provided at no charge to Hospiality House enabling 100% of the proceeds to go directly to serving High Country community members that are homeless, hungry and in need.
BUY "He Cares" LOCALLY:
Welcome Home Thriftique - Boone Heights Dr.
Mast Original Store - Valle Crucis
Mast Store Annex - Valle Crucis
River Cross Market - Valle Crucis
Mast General Store - Downtown Boone
Bridgeman Dental - Boone
Dr. Richard Forbes Periodontics - New Market
Lost Province Brewing Co.- Downtown Boone
Cornucopia - Boone Mall
The Pet Prairie - Sugar Grove
Grace Lutheran Church
St. Luke's Episcopal
St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country
St. Mary of the Hills - Blowing Rock
Church of the Holy Cross - Valle Crucis
Boone First Presbyterian Church
Hair Quest - Warrensville
My Best Friend's Barkery
United Way of Wilkes
Have you lost your joy, your strength, your peace? Do you feel alone? Those are poignant questions that cut me to the quick. It makes me pause and reflect not only about my own circumstances, but also about the needs of individuals who find themselves at the crossroads of despair. Each year I seek influence for the annual Honor Card painting and inspiration often comes to me through poignant lyrics such as the ones I found from the great South African singer Jonathan Butler in his song “I Know He Cares”.
From Jeremiah 29:11, it says: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. But when we see people caught in the midst of challenging experiences, hunger, homelessness, and despair, we begin to question why and ask, “Where are you Lord?” When thinking about God’s plan for our lives, it’s very easy to have the attitude “What about me?” Yes, it’s true. God cares about every intricate detail in our lives. In fact, Jesus said: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26). We mistakenly think that God’s plan is always going to be a “feel good” plan with the intent to make us happy.
Jeremiah’s message is actually quite different. He’s writing to a group of people who are being held captive and are in exile from their homeland. He’s writing to let them know that although they’re not where they would have expected, nor where they would have asked God to place them, God has not forgotten them and He still has a plan for their lives. To me, it’s the same kind of plight a homeless person might be experiencing. Even in the midst of a difficult situation, God wants us to know that He cares.
Today, in the midst of difficult situations, God wants us to know He has a plan. He also wants us to know that as we submit to His plan, He desires to use us to bless the world around us. That is where you and I come in. God gives us the privilege to be His hands to care for the needy and homeless and to help meet their needs. We are the instruments that come alongside to sustain, encourage, and provide hope to our friends that have stumbled along life’s path and remind them that “He Cares”.
This Holiday Season, thank you for sharing an Honor Card with a friend or family member, reminding them of God’s goodness and honoring them with a gift for homeless and needy people this season.
Blessings to you for your continued support,
More about the Artist and Honor Card Program:
In 1988 artist William Mangum was asked to lend his artistic and publishing assistance to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s struggling fundraiser, the Honor Card program. He created an image called Not Forgotten. It was warmly embraced and sold 5,000 cards, raising a record setting $52,000 for various outreach programs. During the Holiday Season, Honor Cards are available for a minimum donation of $5 each. Individuals who purchase Honor Cards send them to friends and family, indicating that they have been honored by a donation to a local outreach agency. All proceeds go directly to each agency.
Personally touched by the needs of homeless people, Bill has been an advocate, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card program one of the most well run and leveraged charitable programs in the country. Within each beautiful painting is the subtle image and story of the needy. For 15 years, Bill personally underwrote the production of the Honor Card program. In that short period of time, more than $1,000,000 was raised for Greensboro Urban Ministry’s various programs to support the needy in that community.
As the Honor Card program reaches its 27th anniversary, over $5.5 Million has been raised to support homeless agencies in thirteen locations across North Carolina.