Christmas comes early to ARM Food Pantry

Published 2:58 pm Friday, December 18, 2020

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To the Editor:
It’s been a busy month at Assistance and Resources Ministry. First it was Thanksgiving boxes loaded down with food and now winter and Christmas are near. The pandemic rages on and so does the need for sustenance for those in our community who live in need.  In the first two weeks of December, hundreds of families have received food assistance from ARM.
A few weeks ago the Elizabethton Star ran a story on ARM’s recent purchase of a used box truck, needed to make weekly runs for tons of fresh, frozen, and canned food. In the article, representatives from ARM asked the community to consider donating to help with the truck purchase. Several responded with kind gifts.
 On Tuesday, December 15, Faye Ingram, the director of ARM, received a call from a concerned citizen who also desired to make a donation. 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 beside. 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. 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. 
Board member and volunteer Scott Reynolds said of our Christmas angel: “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 everyday, even during a pandemic.”
Our thanks to the Star for writing about our ministry. Our thanks to all who give to help others. Our thanks to God, who continues to send Christmas miracles.

Scott Reynolds

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