Welcome to “Give A Dog”
Our hot dog ministry, “Give A Dog,” was something of a spontaneous idea. It began with a discussion one evening about how we, as a couple in our retirement years, could show God’s love and care to those in need. Karen said, “Hey, you know what we should do? We should start a hot dog ministry!”
Hot dogs are easy to cook and serve, and most people like them. They are inexpensive and easily portable, making them the perfect food to enjoy anywhere. Most people have a positive association with hot dogs; they are ingrained in our culture and everyday lives. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, “Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs at retail stores [every year] – that’s 9 billion hot dogs! But the actual number of hot dogs consumed by Americans is probably much larger. It is difficult to calculate the number of hot dogs Americans may eat at sporting events, local picnics and carnivals. The Council estimates Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year – more than twice the retail sales figures. That works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year. Hot dogs are served in 95 percent of homes in the United States.”
We have always loved cooking and making people happy, so serving hot dogs is the perfect combination for us. Most important, we believe in the power and love of Jesus to comfort and bring hope to those in need. “Give A Dog” is a ministry we can do as a semi-retired couple to show God’s love to others and for us to do acts of kindness. It’s a way for us to say thank you to God for all the grace and love He has poured into our lives. For us it is clear: children, teens and adults are hungry (we don’t care about the politics of food-insecurity) and they need to feel God’s touch of love and grace. We want to make a difference. Our goal is to feed and care for others twice a month.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” -Matthew 25:36
Our mission is that through a meal, companionship, smiles and a fun program (that includes a short devotion, prayer and Bible stories) children and others will receive physical and spiritual attention. The best part is that there is no nonprofit organization in charge, no formal staff, no agency input, no designated budget, no judgment and no politics. “Give A Dog” is simply about caring for others. We love the way Matthew records the words of Jesus, telling us that loving others is the same as loving Him. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of these powerless brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40