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10/13/2017 10:51:00 AM
Ministry Helps In Irma's Wake
Serving hurricane's victims

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma was almost without precedent.

This cataclysmic natural disaster displaced hundreds of thousands of Floridians, many of whom fled as far as North Carolina to escape the horrific hurricane. Many were temporarily housed in local shelters.

And Christian Ministry of Lincoln County was there to help. According to executive director Mitzi Williams, the organization’s volunteers made a real difference in helping Irma’s victims.

“Christian Ministry had a chance to touch lives beyond our community this past month,” Williams said Wednesday. “Because of Hurricane Irma, we had the chance to minister to 50 people that were taking shelter in two small churches. Because of your support, these people felt welcomed and cared for in a time of turmoil and trouble. Thank you!”

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But of course the ministry’s main focus remains helping Lincoln County’s local less fortunate, as Williams noted.

“As the ministry helped people displaced by the hurricane and planned fundraisers, we still helped people in the community,” she said.

She added that in September, the ministry did much, including:

  • feeding 3,964 people in the soup kitchen;
  • helping 2,080 people through the organization’s emergency services;
  • delivering 1,295 meals through the LINC Home Meals program;
  • and giving blankets to 22 people.

Plus, 36 people used the ministry’s shower facilities.

“We are now in the full fundraiser mode that started with our golf tournament,” said Williams. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone that took part! A big thank-you goes out to Diane Painter, who worked so hard in organizing the tournament!”

She added that the annual Hunger Walk is coming up Oct. 22 in downtown Lincolnton, with activities beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the walk proper following at 3 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the ministry’s LINC Meals program.

Speaking of food, the ministry’s soup kitchen needs cream of chicken soup and yams. And the food pantry needs soup, rice, canned beans and canned meats. Also needed are paper and plastic bags.

In the clothing closet, boys’ and girls’ items are needed in sizes three to 16. Men’s T-shirts and underwear and children’s socks and underwear are needed in all sizes. Men’s tennis shoes in a size 12 are needed, as are men’s pants in any style in a 34-by-34 size.

And the LINC Home Meals delivery program is in need of both drivers and team co-ordinators. Send your e-mail queries about this to

Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is located at 207 S. Poplar St. in Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-0383 or (704) 732-2691 for more information.

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