Caring and Sharing Day held at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church
By Cindy Jo Ayers
For more than 15 years, members of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church have been coming together to sponsor Caring and Sharing Day. This year the event was held on Saturday, Aug. 6, in the church’s fellowship hall.
Delores Corbin helps organize this event each year, with the whole church getting involved to see that the giveaway day takes place.
This group of volunteers, along with many others, worked diligently at the Caring and Sharing Day held
Saturday at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Pictured from left to right, Pastor Jimmy Corbin, Delores Corbin,
Frank Padilla Jr., Nan Rogers, Ben Snoddy, Debbie Hurst, Kevin Craven, and Gregg Wolffis.
About a month before Caring and Sharing Day, church members begin bringing in slightly used items. Everything from clothing to furniture is collected. Many members also purchase new school supplies that they know young students are in need of since school will be starting later this month.
A couple of days before the event all the clothing and household items are arranged so those attending the event can easily select items they need.
Pastor Jimmy Corbin reported that although the doors did not open until 7:30 a.m. people began lining up at 6:30 a.m. Families came from as far away as Chiefland and Lake City.
“There is a lot of need out there,” Pastor Corbin said.
All the new school supplies went fast, followed shortly after by the household items and clothing. By noon most of the items were gone. Several church volunteers helped out by delivering a donated couch to a family in need.
Among the items given out, Gideon member Frank Padilla Jr. offered each of the more than 50 families served a free Bible.
Pastor Corbin and his wife Delores felt the event was a success this year due to the amount of people served by their church members’ donations.
“This is an offering from our church to the community,” Pastor Corbin said.
The donated items that were left over will be given to a charity that helps local citizens such as Grace Ministry Thrift Store in Bell which operates an Addiction Recovery Program at no charge to the community.
For more information about the store or the recovery program, please call (352) 463-8700.