Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Community Outreach

Dear editor,

Community Outreach Partnership of Bedford County, a 501-3(c) dedicated to helping feed people who run out of food, picked up 3,600 cans collected by Thomas Magnet School. This is the second year they conducted a can drive for Community Outreach. They not only collected the cans, they helped us load them in two vehicles on a drizzly afternoon.

We wish to express our gratitude to the students, faculty and student council for their help. This will allow Community Outreach to use these items without purchasing from outsources.

Community Outreach is preparing approximately 80 food boxes a month for families in need along with allowuing us to help people with information on sources for various services for assistance. COPBC is located in the Emmanuel Penecostal Church, 1005 Belmont St., in the rear (fellowship hall).

We make up boxes by reservation on Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. 12 p.m. by calling the church at 205-5534 or by calling Ralph Fletcher, chairman, at 703-9413.

The organizations biggest source for food, including can goods, fresh vegetables, meat and dry products is Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. Second Harvest has collected $5.5 million for a $20 million capital campaign to expand operations in Tennessee, which will include a distribution outlet in Murfreesboro. They have delivered in excess of 148,603 pounds of food to Bedford County this year.

COPBC is in need of donations of furniture, house hold goods, and funds to continue operating. Call Ralph at the number listed above or mail donations to Community Outreach c/o Peoples Bank to 1122 N. Main St., Shelbyville.

Board members include Fletcher, Joan Hall, Ron Adams, and Richard Smith.

Thank you,

Ralph L. Fletcher

Shelbyville


Message produces an organ donor

Dear Editor,

I was present the day that Donna Orr and Steven Jamison came to Central [High School] and discussed with us about how organ donations can save lives. I overall enjoyed the presentation and it provoked thoughts about what would happen to my organs if I was gone.

Before their visit, I hadn't thought much about donation and I was compelled to consider organ donation after learning about David Orr and how transplants saved his life. I have also decided to discuss this with my parents after learning that David almost didn't receive his second transplant because the donor's parents were unaware of him being an organ donor. I plan to do this when I receive my license and hope that if my organs are used they can help give someone life.

Sincerely,

Kobe Simmons


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