The Bridge Ministry began in November of 2004. Birthed out of a desire to help feed and clothe the homeless of Nashville, Candy Christmas began taking huge pots of jambalaya down to the homeless living under the Jefferson Street bridge. After seeing that the need was far greater than just one hot meal a week, Candy began to collect clothing and non-perishable food items to pass out to her friends. She stored it all in her garage and friends volunteered to come over and fill grocery bags with food. The more people that began finding out about this ministry and caught the vision, the faster the ministry grew.
Today, the Bridge Ministry is housed in a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Nashville, TN, that not only stores the food for the Tuesday evening services, but also acts as a local food bank for other area ministries. The ministry now includes both the weekly outreach under the Jefferson Street bridge and an overseas orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, aptly named "The Candy House." In addition, The Bridge Ministry aids school children on assisted lunch programs by filling their backpacks with food on Friday afternoons so that they have food to eat over the weekend.
We have a passion for the poor, and we invite you to join us in making a difference. The Bridge Ministry is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization, which means all donations are tax deductible. We are honored to live out the words of our Lord when he said, "...inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)
Candy Christmas is the Founder and President of The Bridge Ministry, Inc. Candy has spent her life giving to others through music. She began her career as an adolescent, and quickly climbed to the top of the Christian charts. Later, she married and happily settled into family life, but she wanted a way to continue her ministry of giving. Her heart’s desire is to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. That is what prompted her to start The Bridge Ministry with her husband Kent Christmas in 2004. candychristmas.com