Assistance Resource Ministries in need of holiday volunteers
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - A food pantry in Elizabethton is helping hundreds this November, but running low on manpower. Assistance and Resources Ministries distributes food, clothing, and housewares to families in need. Wayne Ingram volunteers two or more days every week at ARM. He said the group needs extra manpower. "We always need somebody building boxes, carrying boxes from out there [to] in here, stocking the shelves, and everything," Ingram said. "There's something to do all the time here." Ingram helps run deliveries and pickups, in addition to organizing and packing food. He said he does it because he sees a large need. "There are a lot of people that come through here that have six and seven kids," Ingram said. "If you'd see the kids, you'd feel sorry for them. So we give them a big box, and if they have big families we give them another box." ARM also needs volunteers to help with clothes. "We have to go through every bag, every box," Linda Walsh said. "If there's a spot on it, if it's dirty, we send it to Good Samaritan, in Johnson City, overseas." Walsh oversees clothing donations. There are few volunteers who help her. "We just don't have enough volunteers, honestly," ARM Director Robbie Fritts said. "From 12 o'clock in the afternoon to 6 o'clock at night, we could really use some people who could come down and be able to sit and check in people, loading up food boxes, helping hang up clothes on our clothing side." Those who volunteer say they gain a lot in return. "It's a great feeling to come down here and hand boxes and stuff out," Ingram said. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer, you can visit ARM's website here for more information.