“The numbers have skyrocketed,” Christian Ministry’s Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News Tuesday, regarding the amount of needy Lincoln County families.
The organization hands out 25 food boxes each day, with each box containing roughly $200 in food items. From January through October, Christian Ministry handed out more than a million dollars in food, Brymer said.
Since starting the annual Christmas Fund project in November, which aimed at raising at least $50,000, nearly $100,000 has poured in from the community. In addition, Lincoln County schools donated 25,000 pounds of food to the organization last month. However, that food is already gone.
“We are terribly, terribly low in our daily food,” Brymer said. “Everything here revolves around the food supply.”
And on Thursday, Christian Ministry officials anticipate the food supply will greatly diminish after handing out Christmas food boxes to the hundreds of families who requested the nonprofit organization’s assistance this season.
For the last several weeks, Christian Ministry has been interviewing at least 25 families per day for the holiday aid.
Hundreds of volunteers will also be on-hand to help with the event.
People can still donate to the Christmas Fund this week and all the way up to Jan. 1. Brymer said the organization specifically remains in “dire need” of toys for older boys.
She believes the community isn’t as aware as Christian Ministry officials are about the area’s severe hunger issue.
“It’s hard for people to recognize,” she said. “They would be surprised how deep the hunger runs.”
Christmas Fund donors through week three are as follows:
Total through week three: $65,112.26
Christian Ministry, located at 207 S. Poplar Street in Lincolnton, is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may mail Christmas Fund donations to Christian Ministry, P.O. Box 423, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093. For questions, call (704) 732-0383 or (704) 732-2691.