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Old 09-17-2007, 09:50 AM   #31
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While we live in the country, we are only two blocks from a shopping complex and 3 blocks from the interstate. At the intersection where you turn down our lane, there's a parking lot for big rigs on one side of the road, and a McDonalds and a filling station on the other side. We used to see panhandlers there quite frequently, but now the police run them off.
This is a small community, but our ministerial alliance supports a food pantry for those in need. One of the local churches also maintains a clothing depository, where all the donated clothing is washed, ironed, sized and hung on racks. They have warm coats, shoes and other necessities for free. Occasionally a family that's traveling will have a breakdown on the road, and no money, in which case the food pantry will provide meal vouchers, diapers and a motel room.
There is no need for anyone to go hungry here.

We get by with a little help from our friends
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:44 PM   #32
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I worked at a food kitchen that was maintained and received donations from our church. We also received food from the local food bank. Sister Maria Elena welcomed anyone who was willing to work to help serve 300-400 people a day--5 days a week. YOu can't imagine what goes into an operation like that. Most of our people who came through were really down on their luck and for some this was their only meal of the day much less a hot meal at that. YOu can't imagine the number of single moms with young children. Yes, by appearances some of our regulars didn't look like they belonged in that line and Sister Mary Elena did speak to them about the need to find jobs but overall, we helped many people who really needed it.

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