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“This is our Mobile Pantry that is different than our other ones, because we add a lot of ministries to bless the children of Lincoln County,” said Tina Hudson, administrator of the Hands of Mercy Outreach Center. “We will be distributing backpacks with school supplies, shoes, free haircuts, games and refreshments. All this, in addition to providing food boxes for the first 250 families.”
The center is asking the community to help by donating school supplies. The supply list includes 24 box Crayola crayons, folders with brads, Fiskar scissors appropriate for children ages 5 and up, glue sticks, wide-ruled paper, and index cards. These supplies can be dropped off at Marvin’s Restaurant, Shoney’s, CB&S Bank, the Bank of Lincoln County, and Shoe Sensation.
In order to receive a pair of shoes, you must be pre-registered by contacting Keith Jackson at (931) 607-9876.
“Everything is completely free that day,” Ms. Hudson continued. “The food boxes and backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
In order to receive assistance, you will need to bring a driver’s license and proof of Lincoln County residency, which can be a current electric bill, insurance bill, etc. The food boxes are one per household, and you must be present to receive any assistance that day.
In order to receive a backpack, your child must be present with you on that day, June 22.
“It will be a great day of ministry,” she continued. “We will have face painting, games, food, animal balloons and more for the children to enjoy. We really like to make it a fun, carnival-like atmosphere for the kids. We never want a child to feel bad that they are receiving assistance. We want them to leave knowing that there are people in Lincoln County who care about them and their situation.”
This year, the Lincoln County Health Council is partnering with Hands of Mercy Outreach Center to offer free health screenings and information for the children. Blood Assurance will be present to accept blood donations; the Lions Club bus will be on hand to conduct hearing and vision checks; the Lincoln County Health Department will have information available for families; Haven of Hope will offer assistance to victims of abuse and neglect. Additionally, Kay Cowley will be present from Project HELP, and Air Evac will be on hand for people to learn more about their services.
Volunteers are also being sought to assist with the event. If you are interested, please be at the exhibit building at 10 a.m. If you need any additional information, you can “like” the Hands of Mercy Outreach Center on Facebook or you can call (931) 433-7604 and ask for Tina.
“It takes a lot of volunteers to make our Mobile Pantries a success, and I think we have some of the best volunteers in Lincoln County,” said Ms. Hudson. “It always makes me feel good about where I live after I see everyone coming together to provide for their neighbors. It’s not about who you are, what church you attend or what group you belong to – it’s about spreading the love of Christ by meeting a tangible need for people in our community!”