By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post
This holiday season, most of us will sit around a big table with our families and enjoy a large, delicious meal and then go sit in front of our TV’s to watch football while our kids open tons of presents that they will be tired of in a few months.
But this holiday season, a growing number of Wilson County residents will not experience this scenario because of the failing economy and rising unemployment.
One organization plans to keep this second scenario from happening this year.
Joseph’s Storehouse is a food bank run by Love One Another Embassy, a 501(c) non-profit organization, that serves less fortunate families in Wilson County. Bob Evans is the president of Joseph’s Storehouse and runs the operation.
Joseph’s Storehouse started in 1999 helping 22 families. It has now grown to serve 450-500 families with a wheelbarrow-full each of food every month.
Evans said that they are in need of donations because the rise in unemployment caused a rise in people in need.
“We have many volunteers who help carrying food to people’s cars as well as talking and praying with those in need who come to us,” Evans said. “We are in need of donations to pay for more food to be delivered and to expand our warehouse. We need $1,700 in order to have 30-35 more pallets of food trucked in and $175,000 to add on to our warehouse so we can hold more food.”
Evans said that they would take donations in any amount and that large sums of money from each donor was not necessary.
“If 17 people gave $100 or 35 people gave $50, that would help us get that extra truckload of food,” Evans said. “I know that the people of Wilson County will respond and help us out.”
Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.