Faces of Hope: Myra Hicks is Serving Food and Faith

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“The last two years we took out teenagers to help, too,” said Hicks. “We give them the food and they give it to somebody. They are so excited and they get a chance to see that they don’t have it so bad.”

Hicks and her crew will repeat their efforts this Saturday. Her goal: to feed 150 people. They meet at the church and form an assembly line of people and dishes. They pack the meals into Hick’s husband’s truck and head out in a caravan.

Stephanie Crosby was with Hicks that very first Thanksgiving giveaway. “If you do it once, you just feel it,” said Crosby. “We feed people who won’t go to places for food. They look scary and spooky but I say, “There but for the grace of God.’ They are sleeping in their own urine, thinking no one cares. Those are the kind of people Myra reaches out to.”

Darla Davenport-Powell, another member of Hick’s volunteer team, met Hicks in 2006 and they quickly became best friends. “She is selfless, selfless , selfless,” Davenport-Powell said of her friend, who holds other events throughout the year for people in need, offering free haircuts, medical care, clothes and food.

“Myra doesn’t have a lot of money. She has the faith it will come,” her friend said. “What I love most about Myra’s heart is that every day is Thanksgiving. Everyday she lends herself to helping.”

Already, Hicks has created a legacy. Her daughter, Amber Belser, is following in her footsteps, feeding people in her hometown of Sacramento. Hicks and her husband moved to Sacramento recently, too, and so of course, Hicks helps feed the homeless there.

Last Father’s Day, Belser held a barbecue for homeless people and even on her birthday , in lieu of a party, Belser fed 100 people with a community barbecue. Her sons, Hick’s grandchildren, have also joined the family business of giving.

“My older son (12) passes out forks and napkins and people laugh and play football with my two-year-old. It teaches the kids they can get along with everyone,” she said.

There is this too: Hicks had a sister who was homeless and living on the streets of San Francisco. Hicks tried to get her sister to leave the streets and come back home, but she wouldn’t. She told Hicks, “I’m already home.” And when she got sick, the people who were her friends–beggars and homeless people–looked after her, as she had looked after them.

Her sister ended up getting killed in her neighborhood but not before she influenced what Hicks’s personal ministry would be in the future.

Said Hicks, “We may think of someone as a bum, but I never forget that they are somebody’s family member.”

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10 thoughts on “Faces of Hope: Myra Hicks is Serving Food and Faith

  1. I have the good fortune to work with Myra and this is not a once a year deal. She gives of herself for a variety of people and causes all year long. She is one amazing woman with a heart of gold.

  2. This is such an amazing article about an AMAZING woman! Mrs. Myra is an incredible example of what and who we should all aspire to be and how we should live and give EVERYDAY!!! This is such an inspiration!

  3. I read the touching article and thought what a heartfelt, inspiring woman God has placed in my life and the lives of others. You have truly captured the humble essence of Ms. Myra Hicks. She has truly benn and continues to be a humble servant of God. Thank you for sharing a huge part of who she is, a loving, nurturing, selfless, giving, compassionate human being who I have had the honor of having as a true friend for 17 years. Thank you!

  4. God be praised for the woman you have become. Myra, as your Mom and Dad we can hold you up as an example and proof that ‘iT IS NO SECRET WHAT GOD CAN DO!’. God bless..we LOVE you.

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