JONESVILLE — Even as it continues to help provide needy families in Union County with food and other necessities The Potters Storehouse has a need of its own.
A sign outside the church asks those who see it to “Pray, we need a truck.”
Pastor Don Moore said Monday that the sign was put up because the 16-foot box truck the church has used for years to bring in food from Charlotte is no longer working and must be replaced.
“Our motor is messed up and we’ll probably have to put in a new motor or do extensive repairs on the existing one and we don’t have the money to do that,” Moore said. “We use the truck to get food in Charlotte and without it we’re limited in what we can pick up. Currently, we’re picking up our food with a pickup truck.”
Moore said the church is seeking donations to not only purchase a new box truck, but a larger one which will enable the church to transport even more food from Charlotte to Jonesville for distribution.
“We’re wanting to try and raise money to buy a 26-foot box truck to replace our current 16-foot box truck,” Moore said. “With a big truck like that I can go to Charlotte and get free food every week.”
Moore said he has already approached several people about making donations toward helping the church purchase the new truck. He said one individual has given him $1,000, but that more is needed as the kind of truck the church is looking at buying costs around $10,000.
The Potters Storehouse distributes food and other necessities twice a month to needy families. At its last distribution event on Wednesday, Aug. 13 Moore said the church served slightly more than 700 families, providing them with food as well as household and paper items and clothing.
In July, the church held a non-food distribution that provided more than 800 families with housewares such as curtain rods; cleaning supplies; mops and brooms; over the counter medicine; personal hygiene items for men and women; make-up; hair products; and infant care products such as baby bottles and wipes.
The church will hold its next distribution event of both food and non-food items this Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Moore said Wednesday’s distribution event will include a variety of food items including meat, bread, and vegetables as well as non-food items such as household and paper products, clothing, and “hundreds of miscellaneous items.” He added that those who wish to receive the food and other items being distributed must sign up at the church by no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information about The Potters Storehouse and its food ministry and/or to make a donation to the ministry or toward the purchase of the new truck and/or volunteer, call Pastor Don Moore at 864-680-3465.