It's no secret that times are tough for a lot of people, and squeezing the most of your money is certainly exhausting. But in this month when we focus on the things for which we are thankful, many of us can count among our blessings the fact that there is food on the table and in the cupboard.
That's not the case for many families here in eastern Cabarrus County, and two groups that aim to help them need our help.
Pine Bluff United Methodist Church on Reed Mine Road in Midland started a food ministry last winter, and they are serving more families every month. The pantry is open only one day a month, and Pastor Kevin "Bird" McCormac says that on the day they opened in February, they provided food to 12 families; last month they saw 23.
Though they have had great support from churches in Midland and Locust, McCormac says overall food giving is down. They need canned goods (please check expiration dates before donating), and monetary gifts are always appreciated.
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The Pine Bluff food pantry is allied with Cooperative Christian Ministries in Concord, so a gift to the latter will benefit the former. McCormac also hopes people will want to volunteer their time; it takes 6-10 people to serve all the folks needing food when the pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month, and his church people will be happy to train new volunteers. If you can help out in anyway, call the church for more information.
Meanwhile, at the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry, all is well.
Harry Lassiter, who has led this ministry from its beginning, says they have a little money in the bank and food on the shelves. But, they need help from the community with a special project: providing Thanksgiving dinner for families in need.
While Lassiter says donations in any amount are always welcome, he hopes that knowing a full holiday meal can be provided for $10 will encourage people to donate that amount. To help out, send a check to the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry at P.O. Box 134 in Mount Pleasant.
This month, find a way to help someone; it will make you glad. And if you know of an opportunity to be a blessing to someone during this holiday season, please let me know about it.