Helping Hands Food Pantry
July 1, 2015 by Valera Brooks
Tonight, I am writing the Helping Hands newsletter article on June 10, way too early for the June 25 deadline. No gentle prodding from Laurie this month. I am filled with despair because this morning, I learned that one of our church members had passed away. Not one of our oldest and dearest like Kenton and Jane Holland, or a faithful Helping Hands volunteer like Garland Wyatt, or one who would leave us a large monetary donation like O.A. and Maud Gant. No, this morning we lost Lexus Benton who would have celebrated her 20th birthday on July 15. Many of our newer members will not remember Lexus; she has been in college the last three years. Some may wonder why I write of her in the Helping Hands article. Here is why. Lexus came to us through Helping Hands. Her mother, who was trying to raise Lexus and her younger sister, worked very hard ,but it was still difficult to make ends meet. As a single mother, she reached out to Helping Hands. We helped her with food and before long the children started attending some of our children’s events. As things often hap-pen with the downtrodden, the mother was in a car accident and left disabled to the extent that she could not walk with-out aid. At that point, things became even worse. However, the children con-tinued to come to church on Wednesday nights and our church members picked them up and took them home.......