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Woman heeds call to donate to Christian Ministry

Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News Katie Elliott, 12, helps Valerie Pettit unload toys for older children at Christian Ministry.

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

It was on a tour of Christian Ministry of Lincolnton earlier this month that fitness gym co-owner Valerie Pettit discovered her next calling.

Pettit stated that she was consumed with emotion after seeing the non-profit organization’s empty shelves. At that time, Christian Ministry of Lincolnton was collecting toys and clothes to give to needy children and teenagers for Christmas.

“I could see that they needed more help and outreach,” Pettit said. “I just believe that God moves people; He has a way of moving our hearts. And that day, He touched my heart.”

Pettit put her plan into action the following day by shopping for toys and clothing for adolescents. In addition, she began asking friends and fellow gym members if they were willing to donate gently used and new clothes along with toys.

“It’s a wonderful thing that Christian Ministry does,” Pettit said. “They are a true blessing to the community, and I am thankful to help them.”

Pettit, along with several other volunteers, gave gifts targeted at adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, along with socks for both babies and young children. She was not able to give the exact number of toys and clothing items donated; however, Pettit states she donated several carloads of gifts.

“Whatever they’re in need of, we’re going to do our best to gather it,” Pettit said.

Pettit plans to continue helping Christian Ministry of Lincolnton long after the holiday season concludes. She plans to join forces with the congregation of Harvest Cove Community Church in Denver.

“It’s going to be a weekly commitment,” Pettit said. “I want to volunteer in the soup kitchen each week, and I’ll try to bring donations each week too. People tend to give more during the holidays, but these people are in need year-round. I’m just inspired by the people who work in the kitchen and eat there. They’re just full of humbleness and goodness.”

 

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