My Hometown: Manna House Midlothian
Manna House is a community outreach organization founded in 1992 as a result of an MISD student project where a group of 8th graders decided they wanted to find a way to help their neighbors in need.
As a resident of Midlothian, I'm always on the lookout for ways to get involved and help in our community. One of my favorite local causes is Manna House, a community outreach organization founded in 1992 as a result of an MISD student project where a group of 8th graders decided they wanted to find a way to help their neighbors in need.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Sissy Franklin, Executive Director of Manna House.
Their mission is to give residents of Midlothian a helping hand whether that's by providing food, clothing, furniture and school supplies or by helping with utility and medical costs. And if there's a need someone has that they can't help with directly, they'll find an agency they can partner with and refer to help.
A few years ago, Manna House also decided to start offering breakfast to children in need during the summer months. After watching these kids excitedly head to the cafeteria for breakfast on the first day of school, Sissy noticed a real need to provide to those kids during their summer break as well. Now they're serving about 4,000 meals each summer - giving the kids a warm meal in the morning along with a snack to take home with them.
Sissy expressed her gratitude for the Midlothian community while we were talking with her. She said she can't imagine working hand-in-hand with any other community and having the same amount of support that Midlothian provides.
Sissy's one main message to our community that she and Manna House hope to get across is, "Get on board. Make a difference. Be a part of a community that loves each other and helps take care of their neighbors. Just make a difference in somebody's life."
So, how can you help Manna House? You can donate your gently used items to their thrift store, Heaven's Attic, or find other opportunities to volunteer your time.