Simply Serving

November 2011 - Community
by Lori Hatcher

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November 2011 - Community

They come from all walks of life – college students, mothers with young children, business executives, and great-grandmothers. They share two things: their love for God and their love for people less fortunate than themselves. For the past four or five years, about 15 to 30 volunteers from churches all over the city meet every Wednesday night to feed the homeless at Finlay Park. Most weeks, they serve more than 100 men, women, and children. In the words of coordinator Scott Shull, “It is the body of Christ leaving the ‘sanctuary’ of our churches and coming together to be the hands and feet of Christ.”

Chicken Night, as the evening affectionately is called, begins at 7:30 p.m. when volunteers from Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce begin setting up tables. Almost immediately, homeless people start forming a quiet, patient line. One recent Wednesday, Mandy Poston and her preschool son, Kade, and Rachel Allen and her son Gabriel helped pile bananas on a table in preparation for the meal. Both boys took turns retrieving water bottles from a nearby cooler. “He loves to hand out water,” Poston said with a smile. She serves with her son every week.

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