Independence Day is celebrated all over the country on the fourth of July. While most people are spending a day off with friends a family, a group of area churches are making sure that everybody has a reason to celebrate.
Those churches, spearheaded by Sandhill IPCC in South Shore, Kentucky, spent the day boxing up 2,000 meals and delivering them to places like Wayne Hills, Farley Square, Holly Ridge, and the bottoms in Lucasville.
“Not everybody gets to enjoy the traditional cookout meal that most people get to enjoy, so we’re just taking them something that they may never get, or may never have had to get that experience,” Pastor of Sandhill IPCC, Gary Newman said. “And it’s a good way to celebrate our nation’s freedom.”
Lucasville Church of God partnered with Sandhill IPCC to take the meals and deliver them to people. Pastor Ratliff from Lucasville Church of God says that the people they serve are very appreciative of everything that is done for them.
“They’re very appreciative of what you do and it’s a blessing to us,” Ratliff said. “We bless them but it’s a greater blessing to us to help them.”
Although the main goal is to reach people who might not be able to afford a celebration on July fourth, the churches want to give a meal to anyone that they might come into contact with.
“Wherever we can find somebody we’ll give them a meal,” Newman said.
July fourth isn’t the only day that Sandhill IPCC feeds people in the area. The church has a food ministry that feeds about 100 families per month, and even more families than that during the holidays.
“Some of them, I believe it means they’re going to eat for however long they can stretch that for. Director of the food ministry, Becky Adams said. “And I actually had a lot of them tell me, without this here, I don’t know what I would do. We have a great group that actually comes regularly for the help, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people, they’re all so appreciative and caring.”