But for the Upshur County Shares Food Bank, a ministry of the county Ministerial Fellowship, the spirit goes on all year long.
In a letter given to The Gilmer Mirror earlier this week, the pantry’s volunteers joined in thanking the community for their support throughout the year.
“With your help. we have been able to distribute over 300,000 pounds of food to the hungry of Upshur County,” the letter states.
“We are serving over 600 families monthly, representing over 1,600 individuals,” it continues. “For each of the last five months, we have seen an increase in numbers seeking aid from your pantry.
“Hopefully, as our economy recovers, we will see a leveling off of new applicant, but have not reached that point yet.”
The letter also says that the pantry is distributing around 130 Senior Citizens’ commodity boxes each month.
“This program requires the work of additional volunteers monthly, but we feel the extra effort is worth it
“None of this would be possible without the dedicated work of our volunteers, who work tirelessly when the East Texas Food Bank truck delivers three times monthly.
“We unload, sort, pack and prepare to distribute around 8,000 pounds of food each delivery. . . .
The letter emphasizes “We could not have done it without you. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.
“The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (Message in Matthew 10:42.)
The letter closes with an invitation to visit and see the pantry, located at 210 W. Buffalo St., just a half block west of the square in Gilmer.
They are open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and they operate at a high energy level, keeping the spirit of giving going all year long