Hi everyone, we at REAL MEN hope you are doing everything you can to keep your friends and family safe during this unprecedented time in our history. For all the fear out there, all the harsh realities in which we find ourselves, our mission does not change. We are here to serve others. For the great many of us, we serve in this time best by heeding the advice of leading health officials – practicing social distancing, staying at home unless absolutely necessary, and maintaining good hygiene practices. One of the worst things about this world pandemic is that transmission has a large window of time, and the virus can use asymptomatic people as carriers. Stay safe, and unless travel is essential, staying home is one of the best ways you can serve others in this time.
That being said, there are those out there who are at risk – not just from contracting this sickness, but from being left behind. The basic needs of life that were being met by the Hamilton Food Bank, and by REAL MEN volunteers, did not suddenly go away. On the contrary – many of those meeting those needs had to go home. The Food Bank still needs us, and if you feel a call to serve those underprivileged in this time, we can surely use you. We want to minimize risk: please don’t consider helping if you are:
- Feeling at all unwell
- Over 60
- Have any underlying health conditions
- Or are immuno-compromised in any way.
The needs are real – contact us through Living Hope offices 905-575-5400 or by email at email@example.com to help.
Look out for each other!
March brings with it an anticipated break – for REAL MEN, the “break” was the first shot of pool, that began our semi-regular tournament, taking place this past Sunday at Celebrity Billiards. It’s amazing to see how a get-together of a few guys, in the interest of strengthening some bonds of friendship, can turn into something much bigger, as friends bring more friends, and so on. This most recent tournament saw 31 participants, several of which were coming out for the first time.
REAL MEN value our relationships with others. A good friend can be as close as a brother, always in your corner, someone who’s got your back no matter what. That’s why, while we love serving our city and those in need, we also don’t neglect social time with buddies. It does one good to know they’re not alone getting through life. REAL MEN can be counted on, even when the same can’t be said for your bank shot.
One of the biggest challenges men have is a lack of quality relationships and friends. REAL MEN value and are intentional to cultivate quality relationships – something with substance. When members of REAL MEN want to strengthen ties, they make a deliberate effort to invite new guys out to a fun thing, like shooting some pool. This weekend, a total of 30 guys got together at Celebrity Billiards to enjoy some good times with good friends. 12 of those men were new, this was their first time out. It won’t be the last. REAL MEN know that the guys with whom you surround yourself will make all the difference in how life hits you. With meaningful friendships that have real time and effort invested, you’ll never find yourself behind the 8 ball.
We at REAL MEN would like to take this space to wish you a joyous and prosperous New Year! May you have times to laugh. May you have a chance to grow. May you appreciate the people in your life. May you appreciate your city. May you see, and seize, opportunities before you to serve others. May you see the chances before you to be a servant leader. For a REAL MAN, they are one and the same – we lead by serving others. May 2020 be a year for sharpening that vision for you.
REAL MEN loves our city. And you can’t truly do that unless you’re out there, in the heart of it. This last Friday, December 20th, was an especially cold evening, and our guys could be found right outside Jackson Square, distributing free hot apple cider and candy canes to any who wanted some! Merry Christmas, from REAL MEN Hamilton!
REAL MEN Hamilton knows that this time of year, it’s more about giving than receiving – it’s the reason behind every way that we serve this city! Last night, several of our best and brightest teamed up with Living Hope Church to pack some Christmas Food Hampers, to bless some deserving folks this holiday season. In all, 39 families received two bags of groceries and a $50 gift card (for the fresh stuff that is best purchased right before the holiday!), and 130 children received full Christmas stockings. Awesome job guys, you embody the spirit of REAL MEN – honest guys, unafraid to step up when there’s a way to make a difference!
This past weekend was a great opportunity to give thanks for the good things in our lives. That kind of sentiment helps each of us see that the world isn’t always such a dark and broken place. There are definitely things that bring hope into our lives, that give us a reason to keep on going, trying to make the most out of each day.
REAL MEN is incredibly thankful for the city in which we live. Hamilton has some of the best things one could want in a city, and we are well aware that it is a blessing to be able to live and serve here. The citizens are some really great people too. That’s why on Sunday, nine men with thankful hearts partnered with Mission Services, helping dish up some fantastic turkey dinners. While for many, a big Thanksgiving dinner is just part of the holiday, we want to keep in mind that for too many, it’s not – and we can do something about it. This city gives us so much, REAL MEN is grateful, and we’ll show it any way we can.
REAL MEN thanks you, Hamilton!