Food Pantry to be Big Winner at This Week's Thursday Thunder
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
There will be three preachers racing next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the winner will be a food pantry.
Gary Lewis, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church (McDonough), Craig Bowers pastor of First Baptist Church of Locust Grove, and Chuck Sheppard, associate pastor of Bethany Baptist Church (McDonough), will race each other this Thursday, June 10, in the 2nd Annual Faster Pastor Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thursday Thunder, the speedway¿s weekly summer racing series.
The pastors will be lined up according to the amount of food donated to their buckets on the night of the race. The preacher with the largest amount of canned food donated will start first; the preacher with the least amount will start last and give the night¿s invocation.
All donated food will be given to Helping in His Name Ministries food pantry, a non-profit organization that provides temporary emergency help to those who find themselves in need.
Located in Henry County, The Food Pantry, as it is usually referred to, feeds more than 1,200 people every month, and no one with a legitimate need is refused help.
¿We are so thankful to the donations that will be given to us,¿ said Donna Crumbley, President of Helping in His Name Food Pantry. ¿It will mean so much to the families who are going to receive the items given.¿
The Food Pantry is always in need of food and supplies in several different categories. There is a need for paper products like napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and Kleenex, and items like laundry soap and cleaning supplies. Hygiene products like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, disposable razors, and shaving cream are in small abundance and are needed as well.
¿We gladly except any food products that people are willing to give, but the normal household and hygiene products are what there is not enough of,¿ said Crumbley. ¿These items are necessary to maintain good health and help them with future chances of employment.¿
Crumbley said the food pantry is also in need of volunteers at the food pantry. Individuals, businesses, or groups are welcome to come in and provide assistance to those in need. More information can be found on their website at www.hihnfoodpantry.org or by calling (770) 954-0690.
The second annual Faster Pastor race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will take place on Thursday, June 10, as a part of the Thursday Thunder series. Thursday Thunder runs every Thursday through Aug. 5 and features Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the racing action begins immediately. Tickets can be purchased at Gate 13 and admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-11, and children under 5 are free.