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10/20/2017 12:13:00 PM
Hunger Walk Is This Sunday
Annual event is Oct. 22

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––The annual Hunger Walk is here.

According to Mitzi Williams, a large crowd of local folks is expected to fill the streets of downtown Lincolnton to march to help alleviate hunger. The executive director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, Williams said Thursday that the organization encourages as many members of the public as possible to come out and walk for this worthy cause.

Williams and fellow Christian Ministry staffer Angie Pooley are preparing right now. The Hunger Walk will feature carnival games, hot dogs and more. The event is a fundraiser for the ministry’s LINC Meals program, which provides meals for local senior citizens and homebound residents, as Williams explained.

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“Come help us raise funds for LINC Meals by getting sponsors for walking, purchasing tickets for games and purchasing food!” she said. “We’ll have games, food and a nice walk around town. Come be a part of a great Sunday afternoon!”

In other news, Christmas is just over two months away, as Williams noted.

“It’s that time of year when Christian Ministry staffers kick into high gear,” she said, “when more people volunteer than at any other time. It’s the time of year when you think the hallways of the ministry have turned into Main Street at rush hour!

“It takes every minute we have, from Nov. 1 all the way to Dec. 21, to give Christmas to over 700 families, which include over 600 children!” she added. “It takes a lot of wonderful people, churches and business to make it happen. Here is what will happen: Nov. 1, we will start registering families for Christmas. We will do this, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., up until the give-out on Dec. 21. We have a wonderful group of volunteers that do this.”

And in November, the retired principals of the Lincoln County Schools will co-ordinate a food drive. The official date for the drive is Nov. 21, Williams informed.

“The schools collect tons and tons of food for the ministry,” she said. “If you have not received any information from your school, please contact them and ask them to participate.

“Also,” she added, “November into December, the member churches will be asked to pick a specific item from our food list and concentrate on collecting as much as they can. Look for your postcard. It’s in the mail!”

Plus, the used toy giveaway is Dec. 2.

“We are asking you to bring your used toys to Christian Ministry, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon,” said Williams. “We will be collecting up to Dec. 1.”

Relatedly, angel trees will soon be seen around town, showing up in churches, stores and banks.

“Maybe you don’t want to do an angel tree but want to collect toys, have a toy drive or have a toy party!” said Williams.

She added that after enough toys have come in, the bagging starts. Volunteers will start gathering toys for each child and get them ready to be given out.

“It all comes together on Dec. 21!” she said. “All the food will be sorted and ready to go. The toys will be sorted and tagged for each child. Volunteers will be at the ready for the give-out to start. If you have never been here, it’s a sight to see! Twenty wheel-barrels––yes, wheel-barrels!––looking like Santa’s reindeer are parked on the dock. They will be filled with food for the volunteer to push to the client’s car. Then, if the clients are getting toys, too, they go to the other dock, where volunteers are waiting with their bag of toys.”

Williams informed that last year, the ministry helped 750 families and 673 children in a single day. She added that meant 750 each of the following items: a bottle of cooking oil, a box of macaroni and cheese, a bag of dry beans, a can of beans, two cans of green beans, two cans of corn, a box of crackers, a can of soup, a can of tuna or beef stew, a bag of rice, a jar of peanut butter, a box of grits or cereal, a box of detergent, a bar of soap, a roll of toilet paper, one ham and a bag of candy.

“Meanwhile,” she said, “as Christmas is coming together, we continue to serve between 500 and 550 individuals and give out around 160 boxes of food a week! Our soup kitchen will feed over 100 people a day, and LINC Meals will continue to deliver over 80 meals a day.

“Can’t get food or toys to us?” she added. “Our monetary goal for this year is $50,000. Last year we took in over $119,000. Help us do it again! This money will buy food throughout the coming year.”

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

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