Editor,

Isn’t is amazing what a group of like-minded and compassionate people can accomplish when they work together for the glory of God?

Combined with a group of generous businesses around town, an outpouring of generous donations from community members and church members, Oak Grove Baptist Church sponsored the “Mama June Jubilee Fried Chicken Dinner" at the Front Porch Event Center on Stripling Chapel Road on Friday, Nov. 9.

Mama June spent the day at church cooking her famous green beans, along with hundreds of pieces of chicken to be served to an enthusiastic crowd. Along with her, Bob Mayer and Douglas Palamountain battered and fried over 400 pieces of chicken. Members of the church provided a lush array of desserts to round out the meal.

Credit goes to Robin Worley and Lawanna Musick for heading up this effort. They enlisted dozens of sponsors from throughout the community for monetary donations for startup capital, donations of services, volunteers to work the event and donations for a silent auction.

But just what is this all about? It’s all about helping.

Carroll County and the City of Carrollton are blessed with a group of devoted servants who care for and love on local homeless people, providing food where needed. The Holy Spirit Emergency Shelter depends greatly on donations from the community to continue their service.

That’s where the Oak Grove church family stepped in.

Although volunteer service is a wonderful thing, there are expenses incurred in running and maintaining any organization. Monies raised through this supper will be donated to the Holy Spirit Homeless Emergency Shelter to allow them to continue their mission of serving those most in need. Taking to heart the verse from Luke 12:48 in the King James version, they have given their faith and values walking shoes. They are living their beliefs, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." As we look around our community, we can always find someone who needs a helping hand up or a meal, a warm place to rest at night a kind word or deed.

Through weeks of hard organizational and planning work, the Mama June Fried Chicken Dinner for THS Emergency Shelter raised over $10,000, as the last count, from community monetary donations, purchases of dinners, silent auction prizes, time and talent.

And remember, giving doesn’t stop when you drop that napkin on the table at the end of the night. The shelter will be grateful to see continued support through donations all through the year.

To find out what you can do to help, contact the dedicated volunteers who make this service possible by going to theemergencyshelter@gmail.com. They can provide you with their mission statement, all their programs, a list of supplies needed, days and times when you can volunteer, what you can to to help, as well as providing information about making donations to keep this great service mission alive and thriving.

Please remember throughout the upcoming holiday season, and beyond, that there is always a need for helping hands, open hearts and generous purses. For to most of us, much has been given. What is being required of us?

Carol Hight

Carrollton, Georgia

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