Another day that started with overcast skies did nothing to stop the many volunteers at the 1st Baptist Church on 15th and Grand in Fort Smith from accomplishing their mission to feed the area’s children and their families.
According to Associate Pastor Eric Ramsey, the school that normally would provide food for children who would have nothing to eat during the summer, is unable to provide that service this week.
That is where the church stepped in. Under the direction of Eric Ramsey, the word was spread quickly that volunteers were needed, and they came in droves. The sun was shining brightly and many families walked to the location.
With two big grill smokers, there were over 500 hot dogs prepared, with volunteers putting them in the buns and wrapping them to keep them warm.
As the word went out to the community, kids and their parents arrived to receive hot dogs, chips, water and a special cookie treat for the kids.
In addition to the hot dogs, the church was also prepared with additional food to share by cooking chicken patties as they wanted to make sure that everybody was able to eat.
Associate Pastor Eric Ramsey, with a smile on his face, looked over the crowd several times and said, “This is a start for the church to get outside of the four walls and serve the community. We will be serving every day this week right here, so volunteers are still needed. We will also need volunteers to help with a food distribution network in this area starting tomorrow, May 29.”
Volunteers will be needed every day this week starting at 10:30 and Eric and his church would appreciate help from anyone who would like to come and help others that are having a very difficult time.