Ironton City Mission spreads holiday cheer

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Thursday was a big day for the Ironton City Mission as volunteers from churches in Lawrence and Scioto County came to pack food baskets for over 450 food insecure families.

Among the volunteers was Mick Sparks from the Rubyville Community Church. It’s his third time coming down to Ironton to volunteer for this event.

“God’s word told us that’s what we need to do,” said Sparks. “If he blesses us, then we should pass that on and help somebody else out and bless them.”

Among the things families will be receiving are vegetables, canned meats, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and of course a holiday turkey.

CIty Welfare Mission Director Jeff Cremeans says it’s especially important to help families in our tri-state at this time of the year.

“[We] try to give them enough food for more than one meal to get them through [the holidays] because kids are out of school this time of year,” said Cremeans.

Other volunteers taking part in the food assembly line on Thursday included 13 News Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins, and Martha Bussey. Bussey has been volunteering at the City Mission’s food basket event for a decade.

“We hope that they share the love of Christ [and] know that there is life behind every gift they receive,” said Bussey.

These families will be receiving, but Mick Sparks says there’s an old saying that goes “it’s more blessed to give than to receive something.”

“If God blesses you, you need to repay that back in someway you can,” said Sparks.

Families will be picking up their food baskets on Friday. Director Cremeans says there’s nothing like the smiles on both the parents faces when they receive their food baskets as well as the children who will be taking home some Christmas presents with them.

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