RELIGIOUS GROUP HOPES THEIR “KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS” CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN A WORK MOVEMENT FOR STIMULATING LOCAL ECONOMY WHILE HELPING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
MARCH 31, 2020 – written by WADE QUEEN
A local church group in Lawrence County has begun a charity movement that they hope will be driving, literally, to help out local food businesses while giving back to the medical community.
As the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic fallout from the nationwide quarantines that has led to a lot of businesses that are closed across the country, many restaurants that are still open have had to improvise their business practices by either going to carry out, delivery and curbside delivery that they are working to try and stay afloat.
One local church, The Table, which is a church based in Louisa, is working to help stimulate the local economy while raising spirits of those in the area.
Due to the statewide quarantine orders from the governor regarding mass crowds gatherings, including worship services, the church has recently moved all services online, but they still have volunteers out helping in the community.
The Table Church recently started a “Kindness is Contagious” campaign in Louisa according to one of the leaders in the church.
“Our pastor’s wife who mentioned ‘let’s just help not only our local businesses but give to those who are working double-time, working really hard during all of this,'” said Shannon Pope, the Worship Leader at The Table.
What The Table members are doing is essentially order to-go food from a local restaurant and have it delivered, or deliver it themselves to another essential business, such as a hospital or a dialysis center.
The church said most of the money that they are using to buy the food came from an anonymous donor, and that they do not even know if the donor is even part of the church.
“It just warms your heart, like to be able to help in a time that everybody’s wondering ‘what’s going to happen and you know how we gonna manage?’ It just makes you feel really good,” Shannon Pope stated.
Those who are members with The Table church say they hope the idea catches on in other communities in the area.