HAMLET — The Richmond County Soup Kitchen continues to provide lunch to those in need five days per week.
This is only possible with donations from many churches, nonprofit groups, businesses and individuals.
Recently, the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts were added to the list of supporters.
In March, Girl Scout Troop 4372, under the leadership of Elizabeth Hinson and Bernieice Hunsucker, held a food drive and brought their collection to the soup kitchen. This act of generosity helped feed those in need and helped the girls learn about helping others.
In June, the Boy Scouts came to rescue the Soup Kitchen — “To help others at all times.”
After two water leaks in past months had soaked the basement, there was a need for a major cleanup.
One of the area Boy Scout leaders, Joe Gray, inspected the basement and determined it was an appropriate service project for the scouts. He sent out the call for help and had a response from Troop 527 of Fellowship Methodist (Hamlet) and Troop 49 of First Presbyterian (Rockingham.)
These scouts and their leaders worked along with Gray, diligently carrying garbage of water-soaked debris from the basement to the waste containment trailer in the parking lot.
This was hot, dirty, strenuous work that they did along with their leaders with no complaints.
Members of the Richmond County Mental Health Society board of directors commend the scouts and leaders for the work and active participation in community service that the young people are taking.
Carol Venable is chairman of the Richmond County Mental Health Society, Inc.