Members assist interfaith thrift store

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Fifty members of the Lexington 1st and 2nd wards, West Columbia South Carolina Stake, spent Aug. 28 helping Lexington Interfaith Community Services prepare food boxes for 80 local families.

In a conversation with Bishop Mark Collier Lexington 2nd Ward, Susan Parlier, executive director of LICS, mentioned their need for help in unloading a semi-trailer delivery of food as well as help in preparing the food boxes for distribution. The non-profit organization coordinates the monthly program locally for Angel Food Ministries. It allows people to purchase first quality food items at cost and is in addition to LICS' regular food pantry which distributes food free of charge to needy families and individuals in Lexington County. Bishop Collier offered the Church's help for the month of August. He then contacted Bishop Curtis Hensley of the Lexington 1st Ward. A number of people in both wards volunteered.

When so many people arrived, LICS representativs asked if some of them would mind helping with another project from their wish list. A dozen members, including four full-time missionaries serving in the Lexington area, went to work clearing out LICS' Thrift Store storage room. Members enjoyed the service project so much that they have volunteered to come back and help with the December delivery. In extending thanks to the Church, Mrs. Parlier stated that the LICS staff was thrilled with the big turnout, the enthusiastic help and the extra work accomplished.