From the first time ever hearing of this organization, I found a family of 9 members, running a highly efficient food bank. But as I walked through their small warehouse, I was amazed to find not only food, but also clothing, furniture and couceling being administered by the organization's own CEO and local non-denominational pastor. I would quickly learn that this has been a man on a mission since the 1970's, working first, from his own home and using what small amount of money out of his own pocket-he gave "in the name of the Lord" to ANYONE and EVERYONE asking for help. In some cases, he simply went to neighborhoods known to be living below the level of poverty and one home at a time, in the cover of darkness during the most fridgid weather (at times well below zero)he and his sons would simply leave 2-3 boxes of food during holidays. Additionally, included in the boxes were x-mas gifts and turkey w/all the fixings. During the years of 1998 into 2000, he had rented a small building, filled it with toys to be sold as gifts for x-mas. However,Revival Fires CEO actually GAVE ALL OF IT AWAY to every unsuspecting customer who had thought they were buying the toys-I witnessed as each customer shopped until they reached the register. Then, the items were rung-up in the cash register, totalled then bagged-up. Then each were told quietly that "there is no charge today" giving all the credit to God. I watched tears of joy, and of sorrow in knowing that "someone cared about (them) and knew they were nearly broke" It still brings a tear to my eyes to think of this act of pure kindness that has gone without notice all these years. This organization has quietly remained "under the radar" by choice because "the mission is one of mercy"-not one looking for a pat on the back, a cameo on camera for credit, or a story in a newspaper or even a simple thanks from the recipients." Revival Fires has always been and will always be from, and about help through God's blessings." Well I can only say may God Bless Revival Fires Food Bank as much as they have blessed so many in need of their charity.
Review from Guidestar