KILGORE — Helping Hands Foods Pantry at 201 S. Martin St. in Kilgore relies on support from other people in its mission to feed the group — and this has been particularly legitimate in 2020.
As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic set a pressure on below-served citizens seeking to hold healthier food in their pantries, Kilgoreites and East Texans stepped up to support the food stuff pantry.
“Our local community in Kilgore has continued to assistance the ministry of Aiding Arms, with monetary donations and canned food items drives of non-perishable items to assist the people in need for the duration of these tricky times throughout the holidays,” explained Helping Arms Executive Director Ursula Plaisance “The month of November, (Serving to Fingers) served 106 new people, serving close to 350 for the duration of the month. This thirty day period we have witnessed quite a few new people also.
“2020 has been a obstacle for Encouraging Arms, owing to COVID, maintaining our shoppers and volunteers harmless even though distributing food stuff by means of our front door. At times there is a lack of objects that we have packed in our packing containers, that we are not equipped to get. So we change gears and uncover substitutions to accommodate our family members.”
A key boon this yr came when Kilgore Main University learners and team pitched in to help preserve the pantry stocked.
“The college students gathered 1,296 kilos of meals, totaling 1,500 products,” Plaisance reported.
Local Scouts also offered support.
Pack No. 251-414 and Pack No. 252-464 jointly gathered 1,960 lbs . of foodstuff from the local community. The Scouts distribute flyers to the community and then returned on specified times to select up the donated meals.
RC Comics’ Geektopia, a retail outlet centered on pop tradition and comics, held a foods drive, donating gathered objects to Helping Palms, when a nearby restaurateur stepped up when the pantry expert an sudden setback.
“Our walk-in cooler and freezer was no for a longer period functioning,” Plaisance said. “We consulted with Southwest Answers and they contacted Paul Bambry, owner of The Jalapeno Tree restaurant, and Mr. Bambry blessed Aiding Arms drastically by donating” a refrigeration procedure.
“Continued donations are appreciated greatly, specifically during these tough moments of illnesses, and job losses,” she claimed.