‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’
With the shutdown of Keller Manufacturing and Tower Automotive, some families are struggling to make ends meet.
The Missions Committee at the Corydon United Methodist Church started helping those families by putting a shopping basket near the entrance to the sanctuary so members could take advantage of sales at grocery stores and bring in canned goods each Sunday.
However, Shirley Krick, who chairs the missions committee, soon realized that much more could be collected with a more comprehensive effort to help people who were running short of essential items.
Now baskets or barrels have been placed at half a dozen locations in Corydon and New Salisbury so people can drop off donations almost anytime. A logo ‘ orange circles with two stick figures and the words ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ ‘ marks the receptacles. Suggestions as to what’s needed are listed there.
Harrison County Community Services needs non-perishable food, paper products (diapers, towels, toilet paper, etc.) and personal products (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).
Members of CUMC will pick up the food each week and take it to Harrison County Community Services in Corydon.
The missions committee is looking for more places to put boxes and barrels.
Receptacles have been placed thus far at Jay C Plus Store, Sav-A-Lot, CVS and Butt Drugs in Corydon, plus Allen’s Supermarket in Palmyra and Moore’s Thriftway in New Salisbury.
If you’d like to contribute, simply drop off some food or goods at those locations, call Krick at 366-4238, or Harrison County Community Services, 738-8143.
Meanwhile, on Friday evening, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., CUMC will host a spaghetti dinner and ‘mission showcase,’ featuring Harrison County Community Services, Habitat for Humanity, the Heifer Project (an international group that buys animals for impoverished rural people who then help others, primarily in Third World countries), Noah’s Ark, group homes for abused foster children, based in Jeffersonville, and SIFAT. SIFAT specializes in educational and technological help for agricultural areas in Third World countries.
The public is invited to the dinner and showcase, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.