Project helps needy in Knox, surrounding area

Members of Knox County UNITE heard about efforts from Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) to help people in need at Tuesday’s luncheon.

Jeff Burchett, from the Christian Appalachian Project, spoke with the Knox County UNITE Coalition about the Operation Sharing program in Corbin. Operation Sharing collects donated goods from businesses and corporations, then sort and prepare the goods. Then approved agencies pick up and deliver to families in Appalachia.

“An agency is picking up every 20 minutes at our warehouse in Corbin,” Burchett said. Eight hundred different agencies pick up from the Christian Appalachian Project’s Corbin warehouse.  Everything from books, food, household supplies, furniture and bedding is donated, sorted and sent to their warehouses.

CAP partners with more than 1,200 non profit organizations, community-based agencies and churches in the region. Operation Sharing has delivered more than $1.5 billion dollars worth of donated materials to more than 1.5 million people across the 13 Appalachian states. $25 million in product has been handed out just this year alone.

Burchett was given an award of appreciation from Knox County UNITE Coalition for his giving and helpfulness to the UNITE program.

The next UNITE meeting is January 2 at 12 p.m. at Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant.