Need for help doesn't melt away in summer's heat
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Jul 23, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Need for help doesn't melt away in summer's heat

St. Marys Journal Argus

Stew Slater

St. Marys Journal Argus

With ample rain and sunshine over the past few weeks, food may be growing in abundance in the farm fields surrounding St. Marys. But that doesn’t mean food is abundant in each and every household.

On Tuesday, July 15, Jackie Sheridan, pastor for the rural-based East Nissouri Union Church, was at the St. Marys Salvation Army to hand over a pair of donations that she says aims to help ease that reality.

“We made an executive decision (at the church) a few years ago that we’d give a big donation in the summer, and collect up some food,” Sheridan explained, after presenting a $1,000 cheque and a collection of non-perishable food items on behalf of the Uniondale-area congregation.

“We wanted to try to send the message out that people are in need all year long.”

Newly-arrived St. Marys Salvation Army pastor Geoff Butt received the donations while standing before the shelves of the organization’s food bank in the lower level of its building at the corner of Peel and Queen Streets.

With a glance back at those shelves, he agreed with Sheridan’s assessment that it’s important to keep in mind the less fortunate among us on a continual basis.

“The shelves are a little scarce,” he said, adding that’s not unusual as we reach this point in the calendar. That’s why he was grateful for the East Nissouri Union Church donations.

“The reality is that we need support year-round because we don’t stop (serving families at risk of hunger). We’re not just open for Christmas,” Butt commented. “We’re here 365 days a year.”

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