Notice to the Gateway Community:
Our kitchen is currently closed due to damage from a truck that crashed into the kitchen shortly after 10 a.m. on May 9th. One person was killed when the truck lost control on Gallatin Street, hit the individual on the sidewalk, then came down the hill crashing into our kitchen. Our entire serving line, including steam trays and preparation tables, were destroyed.
In response, we are launching the following:
Some Perspective: Steve “Scrappy” Fuller came to Gateway most days to eat lunch. He was on the sidewalk when hit by the truck and died just outside the kitchen where he ate so many meals. Our kitchen crew affectionally nicknamed him Scrappy, and we’ve all been sharing our “Scrappy” stories. It’s sad to lose someone we considered one of “ours.”
Yet, we are thankful because it could have been much worse. By God’s grace, no one was in the kitchen when the accident took place. The truck crashed into the exact spot where people typically line up to eat and volunteers serve.
What You Can Do to Help
Insurance and some generous donors should cover most of the renovation costs, but we figure it’s costing about $5 bucks for a sandwich bag containing a sandwich, chips, a cookie or treat, and a bottle of water. We’ve set up a GoFundMe drive for Operation Brown Bag Lunch or you can simply give through the giving link on our website. We’ll spend several thousand dollars on lunch meat, bread, chips, and bottled water in the coming weeks because we can’t cook the food in our freezer and we can’t reheat food either. Yet, we’ll keep right on feeding hungry people through this time. If you’d prefer, you can buy bottled water and drop it by the mission at 328 South Gallatin Street.
I want to thank all of you for the outpouring of prayers and support we’ve seen already. God has touched people’s hearts through Scrappy’s death in a way that reinforces how He loves the forgotten. If you’d like to be part of Operation Brown Bag Lunch, you can give through this website or through our GoFundMe link at https://www.gofundme.com/mkgare-operation-brown-bag-lunch, and we’d be much obliged.