received an email last Wednesday from a reader who was very upset -- actually, she used the word “heartbroken” -- when she realized the number of people who are struggling with hunger. She seemed particularly saddened when the reality of those who go to bed hungry set in on her heart.
We can help. There are several agencies in Hanover County that will accept donations of food and, of course, financial support.
We are blessed to have a significant listing of organizations that assist those in need. These may include food supplies, needs for the homeless, and housing issues.
Among them are:
Ashland Christian Emergency Services -- 804-798-2784; aceshanover.org.
Circles Ashland -- 804-496-1212; circlesashland.org.
First Baptist Church of Ashland Food Pantry -- 804-798-9014.
Humankind -- 804-461-3585; humankind.org.
Moments of Hope Outreach -- 13400 Hanover Courthouse Rd., Hanover; 804-913-9118; www.mo-hope.org.
Western Hanover Emergency Action Team (WHEAT) -- 877-559-4328; wheathelp.org.
Beaverdam Food Pantry -- 804-564-9384; beaverdambaptist.com/food-bank-ministry.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities -- 804-285-5986; cccofva.org/services-1.
Hanover Safe Place -- 804-752-2728; hanoversafeplace.com.
These services are more important than ever as our county struggles with the rest of the country in dealing with COVID-19.
Fortunately, Hanover County (as in the government) has partnered with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg to distribute funding, thanks in great part to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
Your neighbor, unbeknownst to you, may be suffering due to the burdens the virus has placed on businesses and employers. Do what you can to help.
The organizations listed will make sure that your contributions are used to aid those in need. Every little bit helps.
I’ve always been gracious in tipping, but I’m going the extra mile for those who work jobs -- as well as some that don’t -- by giving more. We don’t know someone’s situation, but if we have enough, then share.
Please, do what you can to help at this time.