10 Most Beautiful 2014
We’re so excited to introduce you to the 10 winners—every single one of them gorgeous both inside and out thanks to their giving natures, goodwill, inspiring personalities or community involvement.
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Co-founder and administrative coordinator of Jesus Was Homeless and serve leader at Gateway Branson Church
Charity: Jesus Was Homeless
In 2008, Amy Stallings and her husband, Bryan, felt a little too complacent and a little too comfortable. They wanted to do something to give back to their community, so the couple made Thanksgiving dinner for 50 working poor individuals in Branson.
“We both worked full-time jobs, and after that first Thanksgiving, we started making 50 sack lunches on Thursdays,” says Amy. “We’d come home after work, make the lunches and deliver them to area motels, and it just kept growing by word of mouth. Now, we prepare more than 1,300 meals a week for people.”
In addition to making hundreds of sack lunches on Thursdays, Amy encourages more than 130 volunteers every week to prepare, bag and deliver meals to the working poor. But Amy feeds more than their bodies. Jesus Was Homeless now features programs that provide job and life skills and free health care services four times a year, and the organization works alongside people as they overcome overwhelming challenges.
“I believe in people,” she says. “To me, that means seeing them for who God created them to be, that they’re a valued, beautiful creation. But we don’t preach; we don’t push our beliefs on people. We just pass out a meal and love people. That alone changes lives.”