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10/31/2020 1:55:00 PM
Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON––Christian Ministry of Lincoln County urgently needs volunteers this Sunday.

That’s the word Thursday from executive director Mitzi Williams. She said the ministry’s soup kitchen needs someone to run it. It also needs coverage on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and at Christmas, Dec. 25 and 26. If you can help, call Williams or Angie Pooley at (704) 732-0383.

In other news, Williams talked about how the ongoing virus outbreak is affecting her organization.

“The Grinch could not stop Christmas from coming, and neither can COVID!” she said. “It is that time of year when Christian Ministry starts making plans, with angels, food, toys, wheelbarrows, volunteers and more.”

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Williams added that she hopes local folks will help get the word out.

“The way we give out will change,” she said, “but the end result––toys to children, food in homes––will not change. Last year, we gave out food to 724 families, with a total value of $162,900. We have already started giving out angels for angel trees to be able to get toy donations. Last year, we gave out at least three new toys each to 534 children. That is 1,602 toys!”

Donors needn’t spend much on the toys: just $5 to $10 each is suggested.

“What can you do to help parents give Christmas to their children?” Williams rhetorically asked. “Collect toys and food! Get your church, business or civic group to collect! What can you do to help families in need throughout the coming year? Donate financially to the fundraiser! The fundraiser helps us at Christmas and then helps us into the next year. Last year, over $104,000 was donated! I would love to see this fundraiser top $120,000 this year. Donations can also be made in honor or memory of someone. We will mail a card to them on your behalf or give it to you to give to them.”

Talking of COVID, Williams added that everyone every day at the ministry is required to wear a face mask and gloves. Volunteer sorters are maintaining the six-feet-apart guideline. With all that in mind, this year’s Christmas give-out will be a drive-through distribution, and clients won’t get out of their vehicles. The number of volunteers will be kept to a minimum, but people will be needed outside to push wheelbarrows of supplies and distribute toys.

From now through Dec. 18, the ministry is collecting food. Through Dec. 22, it’s collecting toys. Applications for Christmas food and toys start Nov. 2. Nov. 24-Dec. 5, small groups of volunteers will be needed to sort school food. Used toys will be distributed Dec. 5 at 11 a.m., and no sign-up is needed. Christmas food and toy distribution is scheduled for Dec. 23.

Want to drop off your donations? Williams encourages you to do so, Monday-Friday, at Christian Ministry, located at 207 S. Poplar St. Contact Pooley for Christmas angels at (704) 732-0383 or And contact Woody Saunders to volunteer at (704) 488-8824 or

To make financial contributions, click on the “donate” button on the Website at; mail donations to Christian Ministry, P.O. Box 423, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093; or come by the Poplar Street offices between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is located at 207 S. Poplar St. in downtown Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-2691 or (704) 732-0383 for more information on these and other upcoming efforts, as well as volunteer opportunities for individuals and church and business groups.

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