Pantry expansion needs help

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Roan Mountain Seventh-day Adventist Church is expanding its Adventist Community Service thrift store and pantry in attempt to meet an increased need for food assistance among low-income families in the rural Carter County community.

Construction of a two-story addition to the Adventist Community Service building, located behind the church at 265 Heaton Creek Road, began in the October. Pastor Lewis Norwood, a former lumber business owner, donated lumber from his land for the expansion and solicited enough support from the church and the community, including in-kind gifts of materials from local building supply companies, to allow church members to put the 22- by 40-foot addition about halfway under roof in December.

With the donations nearly depleted, Norwood said the project has come to a stopping point and will continue when more funds are available.

Meanwhile demand on the pantry is up, with an average of 42 local families in need of food receiving its assistance each month. Norwood said proceeds from the thrift store’s sales are used to purchase food for the pantry from Second Harvest Food Bank and to provide other assistance to people in the Roan Mountain area in need.

Expanding the store and the services it provides is something the church members believe will benefit many people in the community, Norwood said.

For those who wish to help, donations to Roan Mountain Seventh-day Adventist Church earmarked for the Adventist Community Service expansion may be made by mail to, Adventist Community Service, 265 Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, TN 37687.

More information about the church and its community service ministry may be obtained by visiting the church, located about two miles south of U.S. Highway 19E near Roan Mountain State Park, or by calling church member and Adventist Community Service volunteer Teresa Stout at the church at 772-3993.

Caris Healthcare Hospice in Johnson City is recruiting volunteers to assist a large number of patients in the Bristol and Kingsport areas.

Volunteer coordinator Jennifer Farnor said Caris is in dire need of volunteers to spend time with hospice patients who are without family members, alone and in need of someone to read to them or to simply hold their hand.

Farnor encouraged anyone who wishes to impact the lives of hospice patients during what may be their final days to contact her at the Caris Healthare office at 110A West Springbrook Drive, call 929-2044 or email jfarnor@carishealthcare.com.

The new H&R Block office at 147 E. Mountcastle Drive, Suite 13, will host a grand opening celebration Saturday, including an open house and a food drive for the pantry at the God’s Corner thrift store.

The public is invited to tour the newly remodeled office and drop off donations for the pantry. Free tax advice also will be available during the open house. The office will continue to accept food donations for God’s Corner through April 15. Most needed items include peanut butter, grape jelly, canned beef stew, canned chilis, toilet tissue, paper towels and garbage bags.

For more information, call H&R Block at 283-4605.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or call 929-3111, ext. 335.

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