Christian Ministries in Lincolnton handed out food boxes and toys to needy area residents on Tuesday.
According to previous Times-News reports, Christian Ministry hoped to raise more than $90,000 from this yearâ€™s annual Christmas fund, a financial feat they accomplished during last yearâ€™s fundraising efforts.
Christian Ministry always seeks to collect enough money during the campaign in order to purchase food items in the months following the Christmas season.
The nonprofit organization buys around $8,000 in food each month, according to Executive Director Susan Brymer. In addition, the organization pays for nearly 75 percent of the meals that Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln provides for the ministryâ€™s meal delivery service. Each day, the meals are handed out to homebound residents in the community.
Funds are also used to pay the ministryâ€™s own bills as well as cover the cost of needy residentsâ€™ power bills, rent, kerosene and gas vouchers, prescription medications and medical co-pays.
â€œWe serve people at the poverty level â€¦ because of the love we have for Christ,â€ Brymer said.
â€œWeâ€™re not in the thrift business; we donâ€™t sell anything.â€
Organization officials recognized that itâ€™s been a tough year for the whole community including business owners and those who typically give to the ministry on a consistent basis.
â€œWe have a conglomeration of all kinds of people who need our services,â€ she said.
Funds raised from this yearâ€™s campaign, which totaled just under $80,000, fell short of the ministryâ€™s target goal. While Christian Ministry has a yearly financial budget of $300,000, Brymer said they hand out over a million dollars worth of in-kind donations including furniture and other household items.
Brymer is more than thankful for the support that area churches, civic groups, businesses and other individuals have given to the ministry throughout the year.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to take for granted the people who help,â€ she said.
Between 200 and 300 volunteers handed out food and toys at the ministryâ€™s headquarters Tuesday. In addition, 350 volunteers delivered meals, Brymer noted. â€œWe have a tremendous turnout of volunteers and resources,â€ Brymer told the Times-News Tuesday morning. Influxes of toys were donated this year, forcing organization officials to stack some items in the ministryâ€™s parking lot.
She knows that after Tuesdayâ€™s distribution of food boxes, the ministryâ€™s pantry will have to be re-stocked. Brymer said that each day area grocery stores drop off their excess food at the ministry, relieving some of the need, but she hopes that by reading the weekly list of donors, others in the community will follow suit.
â€œThose late donations keep those people from going hungry in January, February, March and April,â€ Brymer said. â€œPeople who donâ€™t normally give become aware of whatâ€™s going on in the community. This time of year carries us into the leaner months.â€
Gainsville Baptist Churchâ€”Harold Humphriesâ€™ Sunday School class): $161
Lois Lynch: $75
New Vision Ministries: $200
Shelley Roper Early: $100
Gladys Arrowood: $50
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ben Heavner: $50
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Difatta: $100
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Angel: $25
David Machado: $1,300
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rucker: $100
Reespville Baptist Church: $50
Grace Baptist Church: $100
Emmanuel Lutheran Church: $201.93
Holy Cross Lutheran Church: $166.67
Robert Wyakoff: $25
Betty White: $50
Marvin United Methodist Menâ€™s Group: $100
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eurey: $50
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hovis: $150
Highland Drive Freewill Baptist Church: $50
Middle Cross Baptist Church: $150
Calvary Baptist Senior Adult Menâ€™s Class: $75
Edna Pitts: $25
Bonnie Mullen: $100
Hinton Memorial United Methodist Church: $100
St. Lukeâ€™s Lutheran Church: $741.40
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Morgan: $100
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Beal: $100
First United Methodist Church: $600
Mr. and Mrs. Joe David Caskey: $100
Mrs. and Mrs. Alton Huffman: $200
Bethel Lutheran Church: $360
Iron Station United Methodist Church: $50
Phyllis Trapp: $200
Mr. and Mrs. David and Linda Creech: $500
Pearl Baptist Golf Tournament: $848
Salem Baptist Church: $150
Diane Hunter Boyd: $250
Mr. and Mrs. John and Margaret Ann Hyder: $100
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Wilkinson: $100
Lincolnton Lionâ€™s Club: $500
St. Matthews United Church of Christ: $538
Asbury United Methodist Church: $150
St. Dorothyâ€™s Catholic Confraternity of Christian Mothers: $374
Carolyn Dellinger: $200
Mr. and Mrs. John Lockman: $100
Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church: $600
Nadine Gates: $10
Mr. and Mrs. Milas Beal: $100
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brewster: $100
Lt. Col. David Pyant: $100
Buffalo Shoals Baptist Church: $100
Sarah Stroup: $150
ABOOF of Vale: $430
Vickie Andrews: $25
Mr. and Mrs. James Abernathy: $100
David Memorial Church: $25
Kim Arrowood: $30
Twist and Tuck Power Tumbling: $25
Boger City Baptist Church: $375
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Eckburg: $50
Fifth Third Bank, Boger City Branch: $96
Fairview Baptist Church: $150
First Presbyterian Church: $261
First Presbyterian Senior Group: $100
Salem Reformed United Church of Christ: $200
Total through week six of campaign: $78,106.35
Monetary donations can be mailed to the ministry through Dec. 31 at P.O. Box 423, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093. Donations can also be dropped off at 207 S. Poplar St from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, Christian Ministry will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday.