History

Bless Friday® originated from a homily given by Father Dan Warden at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston on the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2009. Chuck Fox, who takes his father to mass there each Sunday night, heard the sermon about how we in the United States are losing sight of why we celebrate Christmas. Chuck was convicted by the message and decided to help change the culture.

We pray it doesn’t stop until Black Friday becomes Bless Friday®

That week he went back to his home church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, talked with his pastor, Dave Peterson and organized some service opportunities for the next year, 2010. He also sent out some emails describing the idea. A friend, Keith Kirby, liked the idea and told Gary Aaron about it at lunch and also forwarded the email. Gary went to his church, Lake Church, in Montgomery, Texas and persuaded his pastor to schedule service opportunities.

Past Projects

2016

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (Houston, Texas)
Worked at The Beacon a homeless center. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission.Prepared the Vita-Living’s Spring Branch home for the intellectually challenged for Christmas.

Beacon of Light Christian Center (Houston, Texas)
Hosted “Trunks of Blessings,” a non-traditional Trunk Show to connect with an economically challenged area by passing out free clothing and food.

St. John the Devine Episcopal Church (Houston, Texas)
Sent volunteers to The Beacon.

St. Francis Episcopal Church (Houston, Texas)
Sent volunteers to The Beacon.

West University Baptist Church & Crosspoint Church (Houston, Texas)
United in blessing a local medical clinic Casa el Buen Samaritano by delivering cookies to patients and their families.

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (The Woodlands, Texas)
Hosted a cleanup of church and neighbor property.

Trinity Church of God (Trinity, Texas)
Prepared and delivered comfort baskets for residents at the local nursing home.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Seattle, WA)
Helped the homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle food bank.

2015

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (Houston, Texas)
Worked at The Beacon a homeless center. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission. Prepared the Vita-Living’s Spring Branch home for the intellectually challenged for Christmas.

Beacon of Light Christian Center (Houston, Texas)
Walked through the community, shared Christ’s love, and passed out much needed produce to an economically challenged community

St. John the Devine (Houston, Texas)
Sent volunteers to The Beacon.

West University Baptist Church & Crosspoint Church (Houston, Texas)
United in blessing a local medical clinic Casa el Buen Samaritano by delivering cookies to patients and their families.

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (Houston, Texas)
Hosted a cleanup of church and neighbor property.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Seattle, WA)
Helped the homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle food bank.

2014

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Prepared “Blessing Bags” for the homeless at City Centre in west Houston. Worked at The Beacon a homeless center. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission. Prepared the Vita-Living’s Spring Branch home for the intellectually challenged for Christmas. Made No-Sew Fleece Blankets for wounded servicemen and woman being treated at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Beacon of Light Christian Center
Walked through the community, shared Christ’s love, and passed out much needed produce to an economically challenged community

St. John the Devine
Sent volunteers to The Beacon.

St. Francis Episcopal Church
Picked up trash at Memorial Park and Memorial High School.

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
Hosted a cleanup of church and neighbor property.

West University Baptist Church & Crosspoint Church
United in blessing a local medical clinic Casa el Buen Samaritano by delivering cookies to patients and their families.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Seattle, WA)
Helped the homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle food bank.

2013

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Prepared “Blessing Bags” for the homeless at City Centre in west Houston. Worked at The Beacon a homeless center. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission. Prepared the Gracewood center for Christmas and performed light maintenance on the facilities. Made No-Sew Fleece Blankets for recipients of blessings from Interfaith Ministries Meals of Wheels. Gathered materials to help clients of Small Steps Nurturing Center.

Beacon of Light Christian Center
Invited the surrounding community to its church, located at 6655 London St. in south Houston for a day of fellowship and caring. The church served the community the entire day by offering food to the hungry, clothing to those in need, and activities for people of all ages.

St Francis Episcopal Church
Picked up trash at Memorial Park and Memorial High School.

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
Hosted a church cleanup that was assisted by the local Boy Scout Troop.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (Seattle, WA)
Volunteers worked in the church’s food pantry.

2012

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Worked at The Beacon a homeless center. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission. Prepared the Gracewood center for Christmas and performed light maintenance on the facilities.

Beacon of Light Christian Center
Served the community surrounding its church, located in south Houston. Pastor Anthony Gasery stated, “This year we are offering fruit bags to needy families throughout the community. Our members will assist with filling the bags and then we will walk the neighborhood going house to house, passing out the fruit bags. Last year we passed out over 150 bags of fresh produce (bananas, oranges, apples, and peanuts) and this year our desire is to serve at least 200 families. Our community is filled with people who financially overextend themselves at Christmas. We want to show them a more positive and more spiritual way to celebrate.”

St Luke’s Gethsemane campus, United Methodist Women
Servants of Christ invited neighbors and friends to join their congregation as they handed out care bags in neighborhoods surrounding the church and near their homes. “The bags symbolize thanksgiving for God’s abundance, and our desire to share with our community and welcome them into our church home” said Mireya Ottaviano, local pastor.

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Sent one group to The Beacon to serve food to the homeless and help with laundry and other practical needs. Another group went go to Agape Development to work on improving the physical condition of the residences and community center.

2011

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Sent groups to Star of Hope and SEARCH to prepare and serve lunch for the homeless. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Painted a hurricane damaged home. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission. Visited homebound members of the congregation.

Beacon of Light Christian Center
Served the community surrounding its church, located in south Houston.

St. Luke’s Gethsemane campus
Held a pot luck lunch at the Gethsemane campus where participants prepared blessing bags of non-perishable food items for distribution to the homeless and needy.

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Sent one group to The Beacon to serve food to the homeless and help with laundry and other practical needs. Another group went go to Agape Development to work on improving the physical condition of the residences and community center.

Moody Memorial UMC
Hosted a Clean Galveston Day.

Mission Milby and Holycross Lutheran Church
Each shared lunch in their communities.

2010

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Sent three groups to Star of Hope to prepare and serve lunch for the homeless. Packed rice and beans for the Fuentes Food Pantry. Worked with Rebuilding Together Houston to fix shingles, scrape and paint a house for a low-income, health-challenged family. Packed Christmas shoeboxes for the Seafarers Mission.

Beacon of Light Christian Center
Served the community surrounding its church, located in south Houston.

St. Luke’s Gethsemane campus
Held a pot luck lunch at the Gethsemane campus where participants prepared blessing bags of non-perishable food items for distribution to the homeless and needy.