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Local churches team up to give meals to healthcare workers

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Several churches in the Hazard area have teamed up to give meals to healthcare workers at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) in Hazard.

“To come together like this and do something for people that really need it and have worked so hard and really appreciate it,” First Presbyterian Church Member Liz Buchanan said.

Spearheading the event was members of First Presbyterian Church and officials said the healthcare workers deserved it.

“They are so busy, sometimes they don’t have time to sit down,” Buchanan said. “They have to pick up food and eat it on the run and so, we put together a meal that they could easily eat.”

They were able to donate more than 60 meals on Thursday during the night shift.

The churches also donated more than 45 meals during the Friday day shift.

“Our mission is to try to serve people and take care of people and so, we wanted to let them know that we are behind them,” First Baptist Church Member Nancy Collins said. “We are praying for them.”

The meals were given to workers in the medical lab, respiratory therapy, ICU, CCU, radiology, and two COVID-19 units.

ARH officials said they were not surprised by the community’s generosity.

“We have a religious community out there and is really willing to step forward and do whatever they can to help our employees, our staff,” Director of Chaplaincy Services Sam Stacy said. “Whether it would be prayer, or whether it would be food, whatever.”

Stacy said he was happy to see several denominations come together for a good cause.

“You know, that’s what Jesus told us to do,” he said. “Love our neighbors as ourselves and that’s what our churches are doing. They’re showing that love to our employees.”

Buchanan said they have plans of donating more free meals in the near future.

“It would be nice if our outreach could reach other churches,” she said. “Our church is a small church but working together with the help of the other churches, we can get this done.”

These are the groups that helped:

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Bowman Memorial United Methodist
  • Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Community
  • CommonBond Christian Fellowship Ministries
  • Consolidated Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • The Potter’s House Ministry

Buchanan says the churches involved will host a similar event next month.

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