Members of the both the girls and boys South Webster Cross County teams joined up with local Christian volunteer organization, The Broken Need a Healing, to feed those in need on Oct. 15.
“We all go to different churches, some are from LifePoint, some go to Rubyville, some go to 7th Street. We just get together to feed homeless, in the winter time we go out under the bridges and to abandoned houses and we take food, clothing and blankets and we have for the past four years,” said The Broken Need a Healing’s Renee Dunkin. “We also do community meals and on-site clothing for the homeless.”
The two groups worked side-by-side to serve meals for members of the community and provide clothing items for the homeless on the site of their future outreach center on 7th and Campbell.
“Last year there was a house here that caught on fire,” explained Dunkin. “Someone bought it and said ‘hey I want your ministry to have it.’”
The organization is currently re-developing the site for a home base where those in need can have their needs met. For now, the site is still being used to serve meals and clothing.
“It’s important that our student athletes get out and give back to the community,” said Coach Tim Conley. “We won our SOC meet today and there’s no better way to end the afternoon then by being out here and doing something for others.”
One student, Nehemiah Shirkey, gave away his own backpack during the event.
“A man named Marvin asked us if we had any backpacks and we didn’t so we had to tell him no,” said Conley. “But Nehemiah stepped up and gave him his. It nearly made me cry, I know there were several others who were moved to tears. But this is why we’re here, to give back.”
The students passed out chips and drinks, assembled hot dogs and hamburgers, and helped sort and fold clothing. They also helped to collect addresses so that the group can deliver clothing and blankets to those in need once winter comes. Throughout the evening, approximately 150 to 200 people came to receive meals.
“Once we have everything rebuilt, it’s going to have a clothing room, a washer and a dryer, a shower house and a kitchen with a dining room,” explained Dunkin. “The homeless can come in, get an outfit, they can get a shower and have a meal. We’re going to have faith-based groups, we’re going to be a place of support, we’re gonna love on this East End, and things are gonna change.”
For more information about the organization, you can find them on Facebook by searching, “The Broken NEED a healing.”
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