By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
The Emergency Christian Ministries in Williamsburg will receive a truckload of food and toiletries Saturday from an out-of-state ministry.
The Be A Hero to a Hero Foundation, based out of Chicago, Ill., is scheduled to arrive in Williamsburg on Friday night and will hand out food and toiletries at the homeless shelter on Saturday, according to Bill Woodward, director of the Emergency Christian Ministries in Williamsburg.
According to Woodward, he has no idea how the shelter and Whitley County came to be the recipient of such a gift.
“I guess word of mouth and prayer works,” Woodward said, explaining that the ministry does not go out and solicit such donations.
“The Lord just put it in their hearts,” Woodward said of the donations.
According to a press release, the Be A Hero to a Hero Foundation was started by pastors Robert and Theresa Phillips of Illinois. On April 28, Rev. Robert Phillips proposed an outreach ministry for the Whitley County area to a Christian church in Illinois.
The Whitley County area was chosen, according to the press release, because of a trip one of the reverend’s American Legion friends had taken a trip to this area. Robert Phillips is a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
“We were chatting over coffee and donuts and Dick was talking about a trip he took last summer to a place near Corbin, Kentucky, to see the coal mining town where Loretta Lynn grew up. Dick was talking about children he observed and how many of them were without,” Robert Phillips said.
The donations began to pour in and will be distributed this weekend at the Emergency Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter located at 630 South Highway 25W in Williamsburg.
“It is a real blessing,” Woodward said.
Items were donated by PMI Glory Institute, which is a Christian church in Saint Charles, Ill., plus the local VFW of Saint Charles Ill., along with Heavens Touch Ministries of Green Bay, Wis., and Ambassadors International Ministries of Tennessee.
A semitrailer was set to arrive at PMI Glory Institute in Saint Charles at noon on June 7 to load up the donations. The Truck driver and gas were donated by Schneider National out of Wisconsin.
The Hampton Inn of Williamsburg donated four rooms for two nights to the founders and volunteers of the Be a Hero to a Hero Foundation, according to Hampton Inn General Manager Teresa Bracken.
“The Hampton Inn of Williamsburg is happy to provide accommodations to the Be a Hero Foundation for such an event. We are thrilled that the foundation recognized a need in our community and wants to help,” Bracken said.
“We said to the Lord here am I Lord send me… so we are leaving on June 8. It will be a nine hour drive for us; we plan to distribute on the 9th and hope to hold a meeting in which we may bless the people with the blessings of a Loving Jesus,” said Robert Phillips.
Emergency Christian Ministries will have people on site to help bag and carry the food donations, according to Woodward.
“When you pray, the lord provides,” Woodward said.
For more information about receiving food, contact Emergency Christian Ministries at 606-549-2922.
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
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