Ministry of Hope deserves town’s help

By Chelle Delaney

The Ministry of Hope says it needs help.

In the recent past, the ministry has received financial aid from groups outside the Quay County area. However, because of the lingering need from Katrina, tornadoes here and in the southwest, and other natural disasters, the ministry has not received that aid, said a local consultant to the ministry, Mary Ann Garrett.

And this year, because there wasn’t enough funds to purchase turkeys for all its families, it is having a holiday dinner in early December for the ministry clients.

Yet, the local need is greater than ever. And as the colder weather takes hold, more families will be in need because it will be hard to juggle fuel bills and grocery bills.

The Ministry of Hope says it has always tried to help the needy all year round but has been most successful during the holidays and winter months, when people are more willing to give.

That’s why not being able to provide the usual Thanksgiving baskets is so troubling to the Ministry of Hope.

However, they will continue to provide food for the needy in our community and to needy travelers “when it is available,” meaning “when the people in the community provide it.”

And that’s why the ministry is asking residents to either bring non-perishable items directly to the Ministry of Hope or conduct a food drive in your church, club or organization for its benefit.

They are asking you, during the next two or three months, to keep giving to the Ministry of Hope a high priority.

You see the Ministry of Hope is hoping that, in early December, the needy citizens who have asked for help at the Ministry of Hope office will get a Holiday Feast.

Give them and the ministry hope.

Chelle Delaney is associate publisher of the Quay County Sun. She can be reached by calling 461-1952 or by emailing: chelle_delaney@link.freedom.com