GALLIA COUNTY — Local churches worked together to provide a fresh ham and nonperishable foods for students over the Thanksgiving Weekend.
Sharon Harmon from the Gallipolis First Church of the Nazarene Church coordinated the effort of five local churches in order to pass out approximately 500 bags of food in every school in Gallia County.
“I felt led to do it. In the beginning we started out small,” said Harmon. “There are a lot of children without a Thanksgiving Dinner, and that motivated me to do more.”
Elizabeth Chapel, Church of Christ in Christian Union, Vinton Baptist, and River City Fellowship all collaborated with the Nazarene Church on the project. Each church was tasked with gathering and packing the food bags with non-perishable food items. Harmon contacted schools in the area and coordinated them to pick up the food bags directly from the church and then distributing them as needed to their students.
“I went out to local businesses for donations to buy the hams to send home,” said Harmon. “All of them have been very kind in making donations.”
Local businesses and individuals made donations to purchase 120 hams this year, which was split evenly between the City and County school districts. Every dollar raised also went to purchasing hams, the bags were paid for personally by Harmon.
Despite the number of hams, nearly 500 food bags were distributed to local families and students for Thanksgiving. Harmon has hopes to continue to grow the program, involving more churches and giving away more food to those in need.
“It has been overwhelming, it has been a blessing to me,” said Harmon. “It has been on my heart to help those in need. It blesses me, and I love doing it.”
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342.