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Local non-profit receives donation from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

HUMBOLDT, TN (WNBJ) - Thousands of pounds of food and other items were unloaded at the Helping Hands of Humboldt to help the needy during the season of giving.

“With this donation, it helps fill in the blanks and the gaps literary all year long,” said Jocelyn Bundy, the Executive Director of Helping Hand of Humboldt.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donated a truckload of food weighing approximately 40,000 pounds to the Helping Hands of Humboldt.

“Right now, we are feeding almost a thousand people every month hot meals at lunchtime during the day. Then we distribute almost 400 family’s worth of free groceries. Right now, while it is really, really cold we are distributing care packages,” said Bundy.

The Helping Hands of Humboldt is a non-profit that helps the homeless and disadvantaged in Gibson county.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says donating the food goes along with their mission of providing relief, fostering self-reliance, and performing acts of service.

“Our Savior Jesus Christ said to feed the needy and feed the hungry, so we try to follow that. You know with the hard time we have been in with the pandemic there is a lot of people who have been out of work and needed help in these times,” said Tommy Hardin, the branch president with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Tyson Foods in Humboldt also pitched in to help with unloading the food off of the truck.

“In speaking with our new hires, they asked us how much we do for the community, and this is just one more thing we can add to tell our team members how much this community means to us and what all we do. But it means a lot to be out here and asked to help out,” said Nathan McDowell, a plant manager with Tyson Foods.

The truck was filled with flour, green beans, powdered milk, peanut butter, and more that will help the Helping Hands of Humboldt feed those in need all year long.

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