Citizens of Franklin County have stepped up to help their neighbors in need all throughout and beyond the holidays by donating toys, food and clothing to the Salvation Army as well as other organizations.
The Rev. Scott James with the Franklin County Salvation Army said, “I have witnessed the giving heart of this county especially during the past several months in the feeding of needy families and giving of toys and clothing during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I have seen people sharing their holiday monies in the Salvation Army kettles to help provide assistance with utility bills, food and lodging.”
Other benevolent acts include the outreach of the Journey Community Church in providing shelter, food and other needs to the homeless during the recent cold weather. Many of Franklin County’s churches and agencies are also providing counseling to those who are grieving, lonely and hurting.
“I think God for all of these witnesses of giving,” Rev. James said. “It takes the time of many people to continue these good deeds and I am sure that there are many of our citizens who would be willing to step forward and offer their time and talents to staff some of our agencies who could use your help.”
The need continues in our community and everyone is urged to keep on giving and volunteering.
“Please search your hearts for a ‘call’ to reach out to the poor in spirit,” James said. “In this New Year, make a resolution to help your neighbors. Contact your church, civic organizations or helping agencies like the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Ministries or Almost Home to see what you can do for them. I know you will be blessed.”