Thanks to all who pitched in for Hope Station

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Again, our wonderful community of businesses and citizens of Wilson responded generously to the “Share Your Heart” Hope Station Food and Paper Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 12. God blessed us with a wonderful rain-free day in between the day before and after with rain.

The Wilson Times promoted this event with two wonderful articles written by staff writer Olivia Neely: “Help Hope Station at food and paper drive” (Feb. 7) and “Donors put love in action” (Feb. 13). Without this coverage, we would not have been so successful. Thank you, Wilson Times, once again for such wonderful coverage!

I would like to thank our “partners” that provided drop-off sites taking contributions two weeks in advance of the food drive: Food Lion locations at Peppermill Drive and Brentwood, The Wilson Y and Wilson Medical Center. And our co-sponsors, The Shoppes at Brentwood, Lowe’s, Leonard Truck and Trailer, Garris Evans and Billy Ray Lucas, who made the event possible and easy. To my team of David Clark, Billy Ray Lucas and Gary Farmer, you made it fun.

To our tier sponsors: Water Guard, Bridgestone, Andrew’s Properties, Doug and Terri Godwin, Chuck Finklea State Farm, Hilton’s, Joyner’s Funeral Home, Home Builders Association, Milbournie Free Will Baptist Church and Kenly Chevrolet and Ford, and to everyone who gave generously with a check or cash donation, thank you!

The food collection was wonderful in that our shelves were in desperate need of cereals and canned meats and your timely donations filled these shelves once again. So many people came, not once but three times, bringing items that couldn’t fit in one trip. We would say thank you every time a donation was made and by a large majority, the response was, “it could be me one day”!

From the team of Hope Station, thank you again for your caring and support. We welcome you to come visit and see the difference we are making on a daily basis to help our neighbors in need and the shelter we are providing for both men and women. We couldn’t do it without you!

God bless,

Gary Proffitt