I am one of those crazy people who actually believe in changing the world. Well, at least in making a difference on the local level.
I aim to make shopping at Flown The Coop a “feel good” experience! First by supporting local makers, creators and entrepreneurial friends… the backbone of the American Dream. Shopping small and local not only makes a difference to creatives, but also to Burton’s economy. Earlier this year I turned my attention toward ways I felt could directly contribute to my community. I made the decision to donate ten cents for every dollar spent at Flown The Coop to the Bridge Ministry of Burton, TX.
The Bridge Ministry of Burton,TX. is a collaboration of thirteen churches in the Burton area. There are six ministry teams within the Burton Bridge Ministry; Seniors, Children and Youth, Helping Hands, Community, Corner Shoppe and Manna Ministry. This type of community outreach is rare and could only be accomplished by people who believe in making a real difference.
Today I had the privilege of lending a helping hand to the Manna Ministry, a Food Pantry led by Karen Nelson. This dedicated team meets at the Food Pantry at 5:30 am every Tuesday. Together they unload the delivery truck, organize items and greet their clients with dignity and respect.
The Manna Ministry feeds over 200 households every month. Most of the volunteers know each client by name and are interested in their families. Carolyn is in charge of the miscellaneous items donated by local grocery stores. They call it Carolyn’s Country Corner and is filled with “exotics.”
Karen Nelson saw the need to create Manna Ministry in June 2014. She is responsible for following all state and local guidelines, keeping records, volunteers and storing the donated food. It is not uncommon for a neighboring Food Pantry to call Karen throughout the week with donations. This week she picked up a load of sweet potatoes discarded by a Houston grocery store due to a damaged shipping box. They were good looking sweet potatoes!
I’m sure I’ll be back to help out at the Manna Ministry Food Pantry. I left feeling good about serving my community. Burton is truly a wonderful community to live, work and serve in. It is my hope that you feel it too, whether you are a local or a welcomed visitor!
Stayed tuned as I visit the remaining five ministries, and a sneak peak of exciting projects in the works!
How are you attempting to change the world? Share with me! I’d love to root for you!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!