Carr Memorial Church recently gave a big hand to emergency personnel. They hope to do it again.
The church recently collected $1,000 for the local Helping Hands of Sampson County, a project with a purpose of showing support for law enforcement officers or anyone else who respond to crisis situations. Dr. Penny Ziemer, pastor for Carr Memorial Church, said collections efforts will continue until donations efforts come to and end.
“This Sunday or next Sunday, we’ll be bringing more in as well and giving people a chance to contribute,” Ziemer said.
Carr Memorial Church, located on Carr Church Road, Clinton, is one of many churches participating in the effort to celebrate.
“It’s a reminder of our cause to be active in our community in places where we can be,” she said.
Ziemer said the congregation works to help people in their deepest need, such as rescue workers.
“They enter dangerous places and they sacrifice their own safety and time,” Ziemer said. “We want to recognize and support them as they’re supporting others.”
Ziemer said it’s just a small thing the church can do to help emergency personnel, who sometimes have to make sacrifices, like being away from their families. In critical situations, she said they bring hope to people who need it the most.
“First responders are the first to see the misery, along with people who have suffered the devastation,” Ziemer said. “They’re in a pivotal place in society. We pray for them and also support them.”
The support will be shown March 5 at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center when a meal and entertainment is provided to hundreds of first responders and families. To help with the massive effort, the Helping Hands of Sampson County asked for help from churches, schools and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Scouts.
So far, more than $15,000 has been collected. At least $30,000 is needed for the project Payable donations may be sent to SCSAC (write Helping Hands in memo line), P.O. Box 475, Clinton, N.C. 28329.
More information about the project is available on the Helping Hands of Sampson County’s Facebook page.
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