The Pinnacle Lodge 661 recently held a fundraiser to assist the Cooperative Christian Ministry with its low amount of food for their pantry.
Members of the lodge went around and talked to several of the local grocery stores to assist in the efforts. Food City and Save-A-Lot allowed the lodge to set up drop boxes inside their stores for donations. Walmart gave a $100 gift card to the CCM.
“If we can help one family that needs it then we’re doing our job,” said Jesse Hatfield, a member of the Pinnacle Lodge.
The idea for the fundraiser came about when Hatfield and CCM Food Pantry Coordinator Ashley Witt had a conversation while Hatfield was picking up bread for the organization. Witt told Hatfield the food pantry was low. A couple days later, Hatfield asked if the lodge could hold a food drive for them.
Hatfield said they appreciate Walmart, Food City, Save-A-Lot and others who gave donations. He also said he appreciates the members of the lodge who stepped up during the fundraiser.
“We’re supposed to help other people and serve the community and each other,” said Sam Bowling, who is the master of the lodge.
Bowling explained the Pinnacle Lodge is a charitable organization. He said currently members are trying to get the lodge back to what it should be — to serve the community.
“We just want to see the town do better, and people that can’t do better we want to try and help them and give them a hand up,” said Bowling. “Maybe if we can give them a hand up, that’s all they need.”
“We’re trying to get back out here in the community and show them that we are here to help them rather than to just be a building or organization that just sits back and watches the community,” said Hatfield.
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