ARM Food Pantry celebrates an early Christmas

Published 4:44 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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A few weeks back, ARM Food Pantry in Elizabethton reached out to the local community asking for assistance to help purchase a much-needed used box truck that would allow for the local ministry to continue bringing tons of fresh, frozen, and canned food and vegetables to those in the community who needed assistance.

The ministry was able to make sure that families had Thanksgiving boxes loaded down with food thanks to being able to obtain the truck which replaced a truck that wasn’t as reliable and cost more to keep up.

With winter and Christmas right around the corner, again the truck has become a blessing to the ministry.

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It was a huge undertaking but ARM Ministries knew the importance of making sure that those who were suffering due to the impact of COVID as well as from other situations would at the very least have food to give them strength.

The article brought several responses with kind gifts to assist in the purchase of the used box truck.

And now, according to Scott Reynolds, Christmas has come early to the ARM Food Pantry.

“On Tuesday, December 15, Faye Ingram, the director of ARM, received a call from a concerned citizen who also desired to make a donation,” Reynolds said. “This unnamed angel had read of ARM’s need in the Star and inquired about the unpaid balance on the truck loan.

“She told Faye she desired to pay off the truck loan completely and left a check to cover the entire $25,000 balance and a bit more besides. This Good Samaritan said when she read the article in the Star she knew she had to help ARM help others.

“The board, staff, and volunteers of ARM wish to express their deep appreciation to this Christmas angel, and to all the angels of God who give gifts of food, money, and time because of their love and concern for others,” Reynolds continued.

“We are awed by this tremendous gift, and we are in a constant state of gratitude for all the churches, individuals, clubs, and businesses that generously give to help their neighbors, month after month, year after year.”

The gift will allow the ministry to now focus on other needs with donations that are continually made by those local contributors.

Reynolds added, “With tears in all our eyes, I told her that in a year where everything was so difficult and when discouragement was rampant, she not only made ARM’s ability to continue possible, but she also showed us that God’s blessings are amazing every day, even during a pandemic.”

ARM Food Pantry wanted to offer thanks to everyone who gives to help out others and thanked God who continues to send Christmas miracles.