Without a lot of fanfare, you did it again. I had my doubts, I’ll admit that now…..but I should have known.
For three years now Tony and Joy Staton at Valvoline Express Care have asked WLBG to assist them with a food drive. They’re good folks and they just want to do everything within their power to make sure that none of our folks are hungry.
On Friday, December 9th, we arrived at Valvoline Express Care to broadcast Good Morning UpCountry live from that location. We knew that last year the community responded and the Baptist Crisis Center received 1,200 food items. There were boxes of rice dinners, cans of beans, spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce. Somebody even sent some jelly bean. We also raised a little of $700 in cash.
This year I thought it’d be difficult to match that. It’s not that times are tougher than they were last year. It’s just that our tough economic times have stayed with us. There are some promising things on the horizon but many of us look around and wonder when we’ll have more than promises. For several years now we’ve been struggling a bit. I thought that struggle may have begun to wear on our people to the point that we’d have to scale back.
It was my privilege to be there all day along with Reverend Anthony Sims, Wyatt Mattison, Emil Finley, and Bryan Bentley. We had some equipment issues that challenged us but found a way to overcome them. We presented the problem to the community of WLBG’s listeners. The Crisis Center needed food to provided to hungry families.
At the end of the day, there were 1,276 separate food items. Testament to the big hearts of you, our listeners, and the people of this community. God bless you for stepping up.
Oh, and many of you tossed money into our collection jar. Thank you. We didn’t know how much was there until the end. When it was counted it totalled $1,070. Well ahead of what we did last year.
Sometimes I fell like I ask for too much. From time to time needs are presented to me. Some of those needs you never know about…..we find ways to solve the problem with resources that already exist. But often, I present the issue to you. And that’s really all I do. You do the rest.
People have been thanking me lately for helping a soldier in need, or raising money for Rev. Sims Thanksgiving Dinner or for this food drive for the Crisis Center. Sorry, I didn’t do it. All I did was tell you about it, then sit back and watch the magic happen.
Thank you………again. God bless you for being the kind of people who will share…..even in tough times when maybe you don’t have as much as you’d like……you will share what you do have. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am to be associated in even a small way with such big hearted people.