By Frank Lewis
September 8, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Pastor Gary Newman of the Sand Hill International Pentecostal Church of Christ was breathing hard after being dunked in the dunking machine repeatedly during the carnival type fundraiser Saturday at South Shore Rotary Park.
“This day is about raising money and food for our pantry that we have up here at Sand Hill where twice a month we give out food,” Newman said. “This is our only time we’ve done a fundraiser such as this, and we did it with a carnival-type atmosphere. It means a lot because we know that things are getting tough nowadays, and if the church is able to help somebody, it will. And our church has done this for three years now.”
Newman put the work that his church does in perspective.
“Jesus broke the bread three years ago, and he multiplied it,” Newman said. “So with him multiplying it and doing what he has, and it has been tough sometimes. But he has always come through for us. It’s all about him. It’s not really about us. It’s all about him because he put it on our hearts to do this to share what we can. We have a small congregation, but these folks are so giving.”
Newman said the theme of the carnival was “There’s no boundary on hunger.”
“We serve in Kentucky - Lewis County and Greenup County,” Newman said. “As well as Scioto County, Ohio. Anybody who comes along and needs food, we give it to them.”
Sasha Colette, Program Coordinator for the Huntington Area Food Bank, said she was there to help with the fundraiser and to sing on the stage.
“I’m the coordinator of the program where we send bags of food home with the kids every Friday afternoon so they’ll have food for the weekend,” Colette said. “Typically kids who receive those bags are on free or reduced lunch.”
Colette also coordinates local pantries and the Pantries on Wheels.
“It’s where we go into rural areas that our poundages isn’t meeting the level of poverty, and we distribute food that way,” Colette said.
Newman said September is National Hunger Action Month.
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