JONESVILLE — Even though the weather was cold, wet and rainy, there was still a large crowd at The Potter’s Storehouse for its recent food distribution event.
Pastor Don Moore said approximately 475 families — representing approximately 1,200 people counting all family members — were on hand for the event despite the weather.
“I was surprised, as bad as the weather was, but that just goes to show how serious the need is,” Moore said.
The event, which was held February 13, was the second held since TPS moved the distributions to Wednesdays. The church had previously distributed food to the needy the second and fourth Saturday of every month, but switched to Wednesdays beginning in January. The change was made to allow the volunteers who prepare the boxes of food and do other services to spend Saturdays with their families and make the distributions more convenient for them, the church, its staff and its food suppliers.
“We had a real good day for people,” Moore said. “Everybody got a ham, in addition to other meats and food products.”
Moore also mentioned that TPS was able to distribute pet food for dogs and cats at the event, thanks to pallets of pet food donated by Dollar General.
The next TPS distribution event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, and will include a lot of non-food items donated by Dollar General such as paper products, clothing and housewares. Moore said he looks forward to that being another successful event with (hopefully) nicer weather.
Moore said he is continuing efforts to expand distributions throughout the county to those who cannot attend the TPS events. He mentioned Trinity Baptist Church’s Channel of Blessings Ministry and First Presbyterian Church’s Feed My Sheep Ministry as churches that TPS is providing food for their distribution programs. The church is also providing food for the Town of Carlisle’s food distribution events.
“We’re adding on another church or two, getting food out to people who are not able to come,” Moore said.
Moore pointed out that TPS is in need of volunteers who can deliver items to shut-ins.
“It’s hard to think when you see a house with two or three vehicles out front, that there’s people down the street with no vehicle who can’t get out of the house,” he said. “Also, donations have been slow this year. Anybody who wants to volunteer or make a donation, we could really use it.”
Those who would like to volunteer, donate or receive more information about The Potters Storehouse should contact Pastor Don Moore at (864) 680-3465.
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