The days are getting longer and the sun is beginning to melt the last remnants of snow, warming the forest floor. Soon the buds of the Indian Plum will open, and the spectacular array of wildflowers in the Columbia Gorge will appear. Once again, egg hunts are bringing joy to children, and rodeo events are leaving spectators thrilled.
Naturalists are guiding hikers through the marvelous changes of the western woods, and Master Gardeners are spreading knowledge at local garden fairs. Folks are beginning to picnic in parks during the day, and roast marshmallows by campfires at night. While hospitals start to fill with newborns, it's likely to find a high school student anticipating their upcoming graduation, or a bride her upcoming, “I do.”
Yup. It's springtime! The time of year when nature wakes from its winter sleep, greets us with the marvels of its elegance, and welcomes us to enjoy the freedoms of this magnificent Country, in the presence of its glorious beauty.
The freedoms of our Country however, which are so delightfully experienced in spring, are not freedoms that came for free, but freedoms that were honorably and heroically fought for. Since the birth of our Nation, men and women of all generations have left their families behind to courageously embark on a selfless mission to protect our liberty. America is independent today, because of the sacrifices and bravery of our veterans.
Sadly, a great majority of veterans return home from war, only to face burdensome challenges. Many find it difficult to adjust back into society, and are unable to enjoy for themselves, the freedoms they so gallantly fought for. Numerous veterans find themselves dealing with severe financial, emotional, and mental challenges, that can leave them unemployed, homeless, and oftentimes suffering from mental illness, such as PTSD. It is a very heartbreaking reality.
Our veterans gave us the opportunity to live happy lives, and here at Two Chicks and a Rooster Catering, we want the same for our veterans. Therefore, with deep respect and immense gratitude, TCR will be CATERING for a CAUSE this spring in honor of our veterans and paying it forward to them by donating a portion of all spring proceeds, directly to the Oregon Service Member Relief Fund. An organization dedicated to ensuring that all the veterans of Oregon, as well as their families, are provided with the proper guidance, support, and compassion needed, to receive the benefits they so rightfully deserve.
So as spring rolls on, bringing the memories of: blooming wildflowers, egg hunts, rodeos, hikes, garden fairs, picnics, campfires, baby showers, graduations, and weddings, TCR will be CATERING for a CAUSE in recognition of our valiant veterans who without, we would not have these Spring Freedoms.
by Jennifer Holmes
It was one year ago today, with a very heavy heart, Clackamas County said goodbye to a gracious and beloved soul. Teri Gant was more than an instrument, she was the music that warmed many hearts on even the coldest nights. Her commitment and devotion toward helping others in need, has forever left a mark of love on our community.
For this winter season, TCR will be CATERING for a CAUSE in honor of Teri Gant and her remarkable efforts to ensure everyone has a warm meal to eat and a safe place to sleep. Therefore, TCR will be donating a portion of all winter proceeds directly to The Father's Heart Street Ministry, a shelter of hope, founded by Teri.
While Teri’s benevolent spirit lives on as an angel to our community, the shelter’s volunteers continue her goodwill with love. They directly give back to our community by opening the shelter doors every day and providing to those who need: a safe place to rest, warm meals, showers, basic necessities, clothing, guidance, and friendship. There are a number of success stories of people who’s lives have been saved by the shelters dedicated volunteers.
Like with most shelters however, the assistance they are able to provide is highly dependent on the donations of generous hearts. The beginning of the year can often bring a difficult struggle to a shelter, as the winter season rolls on, the giving season of the holidays comes to an end. It is our privilege here at Two Chicks and a Rooster, to pay it forward to The Father's Heart Street Ministry this winter and help them overcome any challenges.
So, as TCR is CATERING for a CAUSE at your next winter event, you can feel extra good about the food you're eating, because every bite of delicious food from TCR is contributing toward making a difference, right here in our local community!
by Jennifer Holmes