‘Men and Women of Action’ teams up with Hazard church to give away food, clothes, and other items

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Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:50 PM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Maple Street Church of God held a holiday distribution event on Wednesday. Blankets, clothes, diapers and over 400 boxes of food were given away to those in need from all around eastern Kentucky.

The Perry County church worked in partnership with the non-profit Men and Women of Action to host the Appalachian Christian Ministry event.

Pastor Mike Smith of Maple Street Church of God said the event saw volunteers from numerous states and over 2,000 Kentuckians receiving support.

“It’s amazing how just a food box or a coat or a blanket is going to make a difference in this holiday season. It’s humbling for us to be able to help people in this manner.”

This isn’t the first time that the Maple Street Church of God has held the event. According to Pastor Mike the event chose his church six years ago as well. The Men and Women of Action host their Appalachian Christian Ministry at a Church of God somewhere in the Appalachian region every year.

A church in Hazard is holding an event to give out food and other much-needed items this holiday season to people in the area.

“All these people are volunteers. Nobody gets paid to do this, and to have people who will give their own time and their own money, pay their own expense, to come and help other people, I call them ‘ordinary people called to an extraordinary purpose,’” said Phil Thompson, Executive Director of Men and Women of Action.

The Maple Street Church of God had a food distribution and coat and blanket giveaway on Wednesday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 27, the church will be hosting a kids’ Christmas party with free gifts for those under the age of 16. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will last until after 1 p.m. Officials said the child must be present to get a gift.

“I know that in the word, the Bible tells us to be doers of the word and not hearers only, this is our chance to be truly doers of the word,” said Pastor Mike Smith at the Maple Street Church of God.

The events are a joint effort between the church and “Men and Women of Action”, a ministry group that travels all over the world to help people in need.

“As a pastor, it’s so humbling to see people come together from numerous states and everybody working for the same goal, its to help a community. It’s truly not to lift up a church name or a pastor name, its truly to help people,” adds Pastor Smith.

In order to attend either event, you will need to register with the church by calling 606-439-5078.

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