Generous donations a big help for food pantries

After thieves broke into the Harmar Gospel Mission Food Pantry, stealing thousands of dollars worth of food, director Candy Waite was heard saying God had turned a tragedy into a triumph.

We couldn’t agree more.

That’s because the community’s response to this crime has been overwhelming and even with the recovery of much of the food that was stolen, donations continue to pour in.

“I was numb,” Waite said shortly after the incident. “Then today my spirit is renewed, and I’m going forward.”

She’s doing so thanks to the generosity of many who jumped into action when they heard the news. Groups like the Harmar Girl Scouts and countless other individuals such as 6-year-old Holtyn Hill whose family held a food drive at Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department over the weekend.

Yes, a tragedy and a blessing for the west side food pantry which recently found itself in need of items for the dozens of families it helps each week. Now its shelves are full.

But will that continue?

We hope this spark of interest in the plight of the Harmar food pantry will spread beyond this specific incident and to the other pantries in the county. All are in need of food or donations during the summer months when donations tend to drop off but the need for food is as great as ever. Please support the food pantries all year round with donations of food or money. Any and all donations are appreciated and you can bet they will be put to good use.