EATON — Eaton United Church of Christ fed approximately 100 people during its Day of Caring 365 Pancake Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Approximately $750 was raised to be donated to Preble County’s Home is the Foundation (HIT Foundation) for its homeless services program.
According to Pastor Roger Stine, Eaton United Church of Christ has participated in Day of Caring 365 through a pancake brunch for nine years. However, funds have benefited the HIT Foundation for the past three years.
“The goal of the Day of Caring is to take a bite out of hunger and homelessness in area communities. The HIT Foundation seems like the logical place to support, since they are concerned with hunger and homelessness in the area,” Stine said. “They own many homes they try to provide for low income people, they run the homeless and cold shelter, and they operate Eagles Point. The HIT Foundation is our local advocate for homelessness and hunger.
“The church can’t feed every homeless person in the community ourselves or provide shelter for everybody. If we partner with somebody who is doing that, that is our way of supporting that community. We try to do as much as we can — we have a clothes closet open and we feed people down there.
“The issue — the problem — is so big. We can only take small bites where we can, in addressing the problem.”
Stine thanked all of the volunteers who took time out of their Sunday to prepare, cook, and clean for Day of Caring. Girl Scout Troop 30754 also volunteered their time to wait tables and serve those gathered at the brunch.
According to HIT Foundation Executive Director Clayton Genth, they have partnered with Eaton United Church of Christ in many different ways over the years.
“The church has been very supportive with donations for the people we serve here in Preble County,” he said.
Funds from the Day of Caring 365 Pancake Breakfast directly impact individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Preble County through the HIT Foundation homeless services program. Genth added, the breakfast also provided an opportunity for the community to learn more about the HIT Foundation and their many different services.
“I think this is a really great opportunity to come out, visit with people you don’t otherwise get to have a meal with, while also giving back to the community and learning more about the HIT Foundation, our volunteer opportunities, and donations that we need,” he said. “The HIT Foundation has lots of different ways for churches, organizations, and businesses to give back, whether it is through a donation sort of campaign, a food or clothing drive, or volunteer projects.
“We’re not just a homeless shelter, we have a senior home repair program, affordable housing, and other things that we do. If there are other areas of interests and talents that people have, it doesn’t have to be with just homelessness, it can be with senior home repair or other options.”
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