Thanks for making an ‘impact’

Published 8:03 pm Thursday, November 22, 2012

To the editor:

We would like to express our thanks to the 33 churches and organizations that brought and distributed food to the needy of Suffolk on Nov. 17. We had more than 200 volunteers and youth who assisted the people with carrying bags of food to their car.

We also had a rare treat that morning, as Coach Ed Young from Nansemond River High School and his entire varsity basketball team were there to assist.

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To have so many people give up their Saturday morning and come out at 7:30 a.m. to serve the needy was a sight to see. This event showed that the people and churches of Suffolk and the surrounding area have a great heart and love for needy. It was a living example of great the commandment of Jesus Christ: Love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:29-31).

More than 11,000 cans and boxes of food were distributed to a little more than 1,000 families. Volunteers also handed out cans of coffee, cookies and turkey coupons.

Thanks to the city of Suffolk for its in-kind services and for the use of Lake Meade Park. Also, we offer a special thanks to Copico.

We could not have blessed the community without the exceptional police support and the great order they brought to the event. Thanks to the auxiliary police for being so willing to help and to Lt. J.D. Buie for coordinating the police support. Thanks also go to the park ranger, Mr. Whitehurst, and to his partner for their support.

Okpun Langley

President, Impact Suffolk