By Bobbie Poynter
Over 100 volunteers gathered at the Knox Central Middle School gym Friday afternoon to unload thousands of pounds of food and merchandise that would be given away Saturday.
Artemus First Baptist, Connection Point, East Barbourville Baptist, Locust Grove Baptist, North Main Community, Springfield Baptist, Swan Pont Baptist and Turkey Creek Baptist churches, along with the Barbourville City School Beta Club, all joined together to celebrate LoveLoud.
What is LoveLoud? LoveLoud is a partnering of local churches who share God’s love by meeting significant human needs, all the while sharing Christ and making a difference in their community.
Saturday, Knox Middle School opened its doors to any and everyone. There were absolutely no social or monetary requirements for anyone. Everything was given away on a first come, first served basis.
Items included 1,500 cans of corn, green beans and spaghetti and meatballs, 1,680 boxes of Mac & Cheese, all bought by members of the participating churches, and another 62,000 pounds of food, clothing, health and beauty aids, books, snacks, drinks, toys and much more, donated by Operation Sharing in Gray and Feed the Children out of Oklahoma City, Okla.
There were also free haircuts local barbers and stylists.
The churches wish to thank LLI, New Tazwell, Tenn., and Forcht Bank for funding the cost of transporting the merchandise and food. They would also like to thank Falls Auto Group and Oasis pizza for donating the 46 pizzas for the volunteers.