Wiggins police help distribute meals to community
We’ve brought you many stories of individuals and organizations helping to feed those in need since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
But now, first responders are taking time out of their busy schedules to do what they do best and lend a helping hand.
In the age of COVID-19 we recognize our first responders as heroes among us. This weekend, some of those heroes made it their mission to give back to the people they serve. Wiggins Police Sgt. Tim Hill said, “Once the Coronavirus hit, we said we wanted to do something to make the community keep hope. So, reaching out to the local churches, they all answered and said yes we would like to do this.”
With the help of volunteers from Northwood Church, members of the Wiggins Police Department delivered meals to area residents at the O’Neal Senior Center on Saturday, getting up early to prepare barbecue dinners.
From the kitchen to the delivery line, Stone County residents of all ages felt the impact and had the chance to interact with their local law enforcement.
Sgt. Hill says the community partnerships among businesses that donated food and supplies to make this happen have grown stronger and stronger. “All of the businesses here, they just, whenever I ask, they give. The churches, the same way, all of the churches here, the same way. Even, we have people that just come up and want to give a donation because they like the cause.”
As for the folks from Northwood, the ability to lend a hand to the department and their neighbors is a way to put faith into action. Northwood Pastor Mike Minnis said, “It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian, it’s one thing to go to a church and attend church, and another thing to get out in the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus and to be able to truly show Christ-likeness, the love of Christ, to people firsthand.”
Action that has a lasting effect on people. “People are short on money, and just to be able to pull up and not pay for nothing, It’s going to go pretty far here.”