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March 9, 2020

                   Mark Swanberg

For many people, just getting out of bed on Monday morning and getting to work on time is a feat. Waking up any earlier is unthinkable. But Mark Swanberg of Tupelo is up well before the sun every Monday. And he heads not to work, but to volunteer. 

As a shift leader at Saints' Brew, Mark oversees a smooth operation where volunteers prepare and serve a hot breakfast to anyone who wants to eat. Prior to opening the doors to guests, the volunteers set out cereal and fruit, bowls, jelly, spoons, napkins, coffee mugs, sugar and creamer, and pitchers of  water and milk, in addition to cooking the meal, folding the dishtowels that were washed overnight, and preparing the serving line.

Four years ago when Mark began as a shift leader, he headed up both Monday's and Wednesday's breakfasts. However, in 2018, Mark became extremely ill, and for more than a year, he battled not just for his health, but for his life. Much of that time was spent in a hospital in Nashville. But in January of this year, Mark came home to Tupelo. He gave himself a week to recuperate before returning to Saints' Brew to once again coordinate the Monday breakfast routine. When his fellow volunteers call him a walking miracle, he shrugs and says, "No, I'm just supposed to be here."

Besides coordinating the breakfast shift, he places the weekly and monthly orders of food that, combined with what is donated, feeds 80-100 people every weekday. As these guests pass through the serving line, Mark greets them, calling many of them by name. Their stories move him. Their needs motivate him. Their thanks make him smile. Though he considers himself "just a wild and crazy guy," he is more. So much more. And the folks at Saints' Brew are so glad to have him back. 

Thank you, Mark, for your kind heart and your drive that continues to make Saints' Brew a success!


Tupelo's largest serve day, 10 for Tupelo, will be held on March 21. It's a day set aside to beautify the community, learn about nonprofits and other volunteer opportunities, and have fun! For more information and to sign up, click here.

Dog walkers are needed at the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter. Volunteers can choose their hours. Click here for more information.

The 2020 Oxford Film Festival needs volunteers March 15-22 for a variety of jobs. Volunteers are rewarded with VIP passes and t-shirts. Click
here for details.

If you've ever wanted to be a part of the wish-granting team of Make-A-Wish Mid-South, plan to attend their training session in Corinth on
April 5. Click
here for more information.

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- Agape Health Services
- A.M.E.N., Inc.
- American Red Cross of
 North Mississippi

- Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Clinic
- Autism Center of North

- Baldwyn FUMC Food Pantry
- Banah Pregnancy Testing 

- Belmont UMC Community    
  Food Pantry

- Big Brothers Big Sisters of
  Northeast Mississippi

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Booneville/Prentiss County

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  North Mississippi

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Northeast Mississippi 

- Cami Jo Cares
- CATCH Kids, Inc.
- Child on a Mission
- Churches United Food Depot
  of Pontotoc County

- City of Oxford - Recycling
- Comfort Creatures of   
  Northeast Mississippi

- Corinth-Alcorn Animal

- CREATE Foundation
- Early Childhood Coalition
- El Centro
- Empowering Our Girls
- English as a Second

- EXCEL, Inc.
- F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry
- Faith Haven
- Family Resource Center of
  North Mississippi

- Food Depot of Tishomingo

- For the Love of Paws Corp
- Fulton UM Church Food

- Girl Scouts Heart of the

- GumTree Museum of Art
- Helpful Samaritan Food 

- Helping Hands Food Pantry
 and Clothes Closet

- Helping Hands - Helping Homeless
- Hope Unbridled
- Itawamba Crossroads Ranch
- Keep Tupelo Beautiful
- Lee County 4-H
- Life Choices Pregnancy Care

- Life Saver Empowering Girls
- Magnolia Foundation
- Make-A-Wish Mid-South
- Meals on Wheels
- Memory's Magical Dresses
- Mississippi State Department
 of Health

- Mississippi United to End
  Homelessness (MUTEH)

- National Council on Alcohol
  & Drug Dependency

- NextAge Mississippi
- North Mississippi Kidney

- Northeast Mississippi Habitat
 for Humanity

- Oren Dunn City Museum
- Oxford Film Festival
- Parkgate Health Services
- Pontotoc Habitat for

- Reconnect 4 Autism
- Regional Rehabilitation

- SAFE, Inc.
- Saints' Brew
- Sally Kate Winters Family

- Salvation Army of Houston
- Salvation Army of Pontotoc
- Salvation Army of Tupelo
- Sanctuary Hospice
- Second Chances Animal

- Shepherd's Center of
 Greater Tupelo

- Southerncare Hospice
- Special Education and Handicap Bowling Association
- St. Luke Food Pantry
- Talbot House
- The Arc of Northeast

- The Refuge Foster Care

- Tippah Co. Good Samaritan

- Tishomingo Co. Historical &
 Genealogical Society

- Tree of Life Free Clinic
- Tupelo Community Theatre
- Tupelo Housing Authority
- Tupelo Lee Humane Society
- Tupelo/Lee Hunger Coalition
- Tupelo Lions Club
- Tupelo Misfits Leo Club
- Union County Good

- Union County Historical Society

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