Last updated: November 18. 2013 9:54PM - 1020 Views
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CARLISLE — A local church’s outreach ministry is reaping the benefits of the success of Carlisle Finishing’s first “Stock the Pantry” food drive.

Department Manager Tommy Manibusan announced that when the idea of a food drive had been presented to them, plant associates were very receptive to it. So much so, that Manibusan said that 236 non-perishable food items were collected. He said the decision was made to donate the items collected to Trinity Baptist Church’s Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry.

“This year was our first time,” Manibusan said. “Everybody was pleased to be able to help.”

Rev. Neil Keisler, pastor of Trinity Baptist and director of its outreach ministry, thanked Carlisle Finishing and its associates, saying their donation is helping fill a need of the ministry.

“The food drive from Carlisle Finishing continues to help fill a void in our ministry of canned goods and non-perishable items,” Keisler said. “It’s just encouraging to know the companies within Union County are willing to get involved and invest in the families of Union County.”

Trinity Baptist Church seeks to minister to the needs of low-income families and homeless individuals through its Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry. The ministry distributes food and essential household items at 12 different locations in Union County. The church is currently assisting 600 families a month through its distribution program.

The church also helps families in crisis situations with everything from food and clothes to blankets and furniture and has paired with other agencies to provide those families power bill payments and temporary shelter. The church also provides assistance to the county’s homeless population.

Carlisle Finishing is the latest organization to make a donation to Channel of Blessings.

On Friday, Broad River Electric Charities donated $1,000 to the church for its outreach ministry. Earlier this month, the church received bags of canned foods and other non-perishable items collected by the Union County Recreation Department.

Anyone who needs the help of Trinity Baptist’s Channel of Blessings Community Outreach Ministry should call Rev. Keisler at 864-706-0481.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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