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It may be hard to think about Christmas with all that’s going on with elections and COVID, but it’s never far from the mind of Mitzi Williams, the director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. She describes how things are now as “like working uphill to accomplish the same thing.”

“People don’t feel comfortable volunteering in a lot of places right now,” she said. “You can’t blame them.”

The ministry is seeking volunteers to deliver home meals for LINC, help in the clothes closet, reception and groups to work in the soup kitchen. At this time, there isn’t a group signed up to do Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at the soup kitchen. Keep in mind, Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away.

“It’s going to come down to our staff who deserve a holiday doing it or closing the kitchen,” Williams said. “I don’t want to do either one of those. It’s hard to figure it out. We’re praying that things will work out.”

Donations are down. At the beginning of COVID, the ministry received a lot of grants and CARE funding, but that’s pretty much dried up, according to Williams. 

“We bought food, paid power bills and rent,” she said. “That money’s gone and the regular donations that we get aren’t there. We spent a lot of money in July, August and September on utilities and rent to help people. Their bills were big. We helped as many people as we could. We’re only able to do $50 per household now and that’s not enough. We’re hoping our Christmas fundraiser comes through for us. We’re depending on that for next year. We’re trying to get the word out to the community that we’re here. We’ve been here. I know people are struggling to pay bills right now.”

Interviews for food and toys for Christmas have begun.

“I don’t want parents to come down to that week of Christmas and have to worry about toys,” she said. “We’re here and we’re going to do the best we can.”

Last year Christian Ministry of Lincoln County served 724 families and 540 children. Williams is expect to serve approximately the same number this year.

From now until December 18, the ministry is collecting food. From now until Dec. 22, the ministry is collecting toys. Applications for Christmas food and toys began on Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 22. From Nov. 24 through Dec. 5, small groups of volunteers are needed to sort school food. On Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. volunteers are needed for the used toy distribution (no sign up needed). Dec. 23 is the Christmas food and toy distribution  

Donation drop off is 207 South Poplar Street in Lincolnton on Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Contact Angie for Angels 704-732-0383 or christianministry1977@gmail.com 

Contact Woody to volunteer 704-488-8824 or christianministry.volunterrs@gmail.com 

To make financial Contributions

Donate button on the website at www.christianministryoflincolncounty.org

Mail donations to P.O. Box 423, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093  

Come by for a visit between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Contact Mitzi Williams at 704-732-0383 to get on the soup kitchen schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other day.

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