The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

September 21, 2013

Summer has left challenges for SCCM

Saturday, September 21, 2013 — Editor’s Note: The following item went out to frequent supporters of SCCM recently:

To all who support SCCM, first, allow me to thank you for all the ways you have supported Stanly Community Christian Ministry over the years. We could not have assisted the vast number of people who have come to us for aid without donations from individuals, families, businesses and churches.

One of the dilemmas of our world is that need never goes away.

During the summer months we have seen a very large increase in requests for assistance. This increase was caused by two separate events. The first was the destructive storm that hit Stanly County on June 13. Many of our clients lost their food and requested items from our pantry to replace it.

The second factor is the new food stamp program implemented by the North Carolina Department of Social Services.

Due to this program most of our clients are experiencing long delays in receiving their food stamps. Consequently, we have seen a significant increase in the demand for food from our pantry and in the numbers of people dining at both community tables.

We continue to have food drives; however, we must also purchase food. The reality is that we need funds to purchase more food and pay our operating expenses as our volume of services continues to increase.

This summer has also reminded us that all our facilities are aging. We have replaced one of the heating/air units at the Assistance Center. We have also had issues with the units at both Community Tables and the Clothing Closet. We have had to repair the roof on Community Table 1 and Community Table 2 needs a new roof.

During the summer storms, lightning struck one of our office computers, and we have had to seek repairs on one of our large freezer units.

A great deal of our time, energy and money has been used to maintain our properties so we can continue to be about the task of ministering in Christ’s name.

I am writing to ask you to prayerfully consider contributing to SCCM in the near future. If you have recently given to us, please know that we are very thankful for your generosity.

To those who have not made a contribution in recent months, I would invite you to consider what you can do to assist SCCM and ultimately those who are struggling.

Please know we will strive always to be good stewards of all that you give.

May God bless you and your family abundantly for your donation.

Roger W. Thomas is the executive director of Stanly Community Christian Ministry.

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