2012-09-27 / Local & State

Latter-day Saints Participate In Regional Day To Serve

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Pictured above are participants at the loading entrance to the Food Basket on Woodside Drive in McConnellsburg. Top row, left: Joshua Kellogg, Antuane Babcock, Alyshia Babcock, Dawn Birgensmith; second row: Joshua Miller; third row: Brandy Babcock, Kathy Termin, Justin Miller, Sister Hard, Katelyn Shoemaker and Nathan Cejka; fourth row: President Jerry Hendershot, Sister Montes, Sister Richardson, Carol Shoemaker, Jennie Cejka, Chasity Miller, Willie Pendleton and Elder Hard. Pictured above are participants at the loading entrance to the Food Basket on Woodside Drive in McConnellsburg. Top row, left: Joshua Kellogg, Antuane Babcock, Alyshia Babcock, Dawn Birgensmith; second row: Joshua Miller; third row: Brandy Babcock, Kathy Termin, Justin Miller, Sister Hard, Katelyn Shoemaker and Nathan Cejka; fourth row: President Jerry Hendershot, Sister Montes, Sister Richardson, Carol Shoemaker, Jennie Cejka, Chasity Miller, Willie Pendleton and Elder Hard. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is partnering with Maryland Gov. Martin O. Malley, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray in declaring September 29, 2012, as a regional Day to Serve focused on feeding the hungry; and they are inviting all faith-based organizations, community groups, civic organizations and citizens to join them in this unprecedented regional event.

The McConnellsburg Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints transported canned goods worth just a little less than $1,000 from the D.C. Bishop’s Storehouse to the Fulton County Food Basket this past Saturday. When the day was over, shelves were arranged, boxes were unloaded, and all was stocked and in order. The “Helping Hands” vests, worn by the volunteers of this day, can be seen worldwide as members of the church donate of their time and means to assist others.

Last year, the Fulton County Food Basket program provided food for 4,291 individuals, and 1,800 households, not including Commodity Supplemental Food Program assistance. The program is increasingly dependent on local donations due to cuts in federal, state and local government funding. Any assistance from the community would be appreciated.

“We thank the church for helping us provide a more nutritionally balanced food package to those in need of help,” said Susan M. Cubbage, the Fulton County Food Basket manager.

Martinsburg, W. Va., Stake President Steven Grow, who presides over several church units within West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, said, “ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is founded on the principles taught by the Lord himself in his earthly ministry. Jesus Christ’s teachings and example show that whether it is binding the wounds of a traveler at the roadside or sharing our morsel of food, our individual efforts will be multiplied by His power to miraculously touch the lives of thousands. Church resources are used to support that mission, including providing food for the needy and teaching people how to lift themselves up and be self-reliant.”

The Food Basket provides for emergency needs, but also helps the individual build bridges of selfreliance by teaching budgeting, frugality, gardening, nutrition and basic household skills for those who have become handicapped in some way. They bind the wounds and strengthen the person and family. The McConnellsburg Branch of the church was proud to give of this service to such a sterling local resource. The donation will be used well to assist the McConnellsburg people.

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