On Thursday evening, May 19, an 18-wheeler arrived at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Lamar loaded with an abundance of baby diapers, wipes, formula, toilet tissue, paper towels, fans, nonperishable food and an assortment of other useful household items.
On Friday evening, the church’s United Women in Faith sorted and arranged all of the items in preparation for a community giveaway on Saturday morning.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the doors of the fellowship hall opened to a line of community members waiting to enter and select items to take home. Approximately 100 people entered the doors of the fellowship hall. Parents and children waded through the available items. They filled bags and arms with goodies. There was excitement in the air as one attendee found an aquarium with all of the needed supplies to take home for his grandchildren.
Under the leadership of John Wesley’s United Women in Faith President Thomasena Blackwell, and a partnership with Dr. William H. Long of Hartsville, who donated the items for the giveaway, the day was a success. There were many smiling faces and thank yous from the community members who attended.
This was the third giveaway event the church has held, and all of them have been welcomed in the Lamar community.
Pastor the Rev. Elbert Williams was among the smiling faces as he watched his United Women in Faith going about their mission.