“The jobs are becoming more scarce in our area, we have more homeless people, we have a lot more people with needs than we had before,” Martin said. “I just worry about those people and where they’re going to lay their heads at night, and where their next meal is coming from.”
That’s why Martin and Minford Community Church are collecting donations for the local homeless shelter. Martin’s father, Ed Cox, is the pastor at Minford Community Church and said he’d like to see more local churches contribute to their cause.
“We realize that a lot of these places have lost their funding. … We just feel like it’s the right thing to do to try and pick up the slack as best we can,” Cox said. “I think if every church would get involved in that, we could make a big difference and help keep this going. It’s a much needed thing.”
Cox and Martin said the church is focusing on collecting personal items, such as deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and other grooming items. They are also accepting cash donations. No matter what an individual donates, however, Martin said she just wants the public to take a moment to think about those who are in need.
“I’m just asking that the community really take a minute to think about the people out there that don’t get to go home and get their house key out and let themselves in their home,” Martin said. “These people are looking for a place to lay their heads at night, a meal for themselves and for their families, and (I’d like the community to) just step up and come together with everybody to help these people.”
Cox said anyone interested in donating to their efforts should contact him at 740-820-2285.
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