NEW BOSTON — It was a potato extravaganza on the parking lot of Vinyl Kraft Windows in New Boston on Saturday. Sandhill International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) of Sandhill, Ky. distributed 42,000 of potato to local pantries and people in need.
Pastor Gary Newman of Sandhill IPCC, said they are simply carrying out commands from the Bible.
“Today we are giving out potatoes to the pantries that are coming in. We received 42,000 pounds of potatoes from a farm in Selena, Ohio and then the Society of St. Andrews pays for the trucking and everything to get them to us,” Newman said. “All we do is distribute them out to different pantries. When you read the scriptures, Matthew 25 we have it on our sign when you do to the least of these, Jesus said, you’ve done it unto me. We are just a part of obeying the word of God, and that is what we must do to maintain our Christian attitudes. As we give these potatoes out today it means a whole lot to our church. We are a small church with a congregation of about 30 people, counting kids also, and we just have a heart of giving.”
Newman also said the massive truck load of potatoes make a great addition to the Thanksgiving boxes they will distribute.
“These came just in time for our Thanksgiving boxes that we will be giving away soon. We give away a full turkey dinner, with a full bird, and all of the trimmings to go with it. Now we have real potatoes to give out. Usually we have to go out and buy instant potatoes, so this makes it more exciting,” Newman said.
Newman said the effort would not have been possible without the assistance of Wagner Rental in New Boston.
Charlotte Miles, co-owner of Miles Transports, along with her husband Jeffrey Miles, are responsible for bringing in the 42,000 load of potatoes to New Boston. Charlotte Miles said she was elated about taking part in the potato transfer effort.
“We received an assignment from the broker, but my husband and I are missionaries from New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana, and that has been my life time church, and we donate a lot of product to our church,” Miles said. “We went through a broker to get connected to this church (Sandhill), and he called and we went to Miss Dennis Potato Farms in Wassau, Ohio, and we delivered the load of potatoes here from there. Prior to coming I didn’t know that it was a church, and I didn’t know that it was a mission, but once I got here I felt a big part of it and I was excited about.”
Becky Adams, coordinator of the Sandhill IPCC food pantry, said the potato distribution is very rewarding.
“It is an absolute blessing to be able to do this for the community,” Adams said. “To have someone walk up, and ask what is going on, and to them them that we’re giving away potatoes, and they break down in tears it makes every effort of being here this morning well worth it.”
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