“People Helping People” is the motto of the Good Samaritan Center.
Local citizens gathered at the Good Samaritan Center on Tuesday morning, October 25, for the dedication of the newly constructed wing.
President David Armstrong welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending to share in the joy of the new building.
Good Samaritan is a volunteer-run food pantry and resale shop, Armstrong explained, with funds from the shop going to buy food and help people in need with monetary assistance.
Armstrong explained how the addition came to be, after the board realized the center needed additional space as the building’s nooks and crannies filled up with food storage. Three to four thousand pounds of food are delivered twice a month, and all of it is gone within days, he said.
The board discussed several options, such as selling the building and starting over at a new location, but it was ultimately decided to build a new wing using donations.
Terry Carmichael volunteered to take over the project, which Armstrong described as the best day of his life. Armstrong said Carmichael immediately started building and getting donations. Blanco Heating and Cooling made a big donation by giving the center the HVAC system and some building materials.
During one of the hottest summers on record, Carmichael was working on the new addition. When Carmichael passed away on August 31, 2011, Hilary Huser took over the project and saw it to completion.
Armstrong proudly announced the dedication of the new wing and held up a plaque reading “Terry Carmichael Wing.”
The new addition is a community effort, Armstrong said, and “this is paid for.”
Pastors Ken Greene and Bobby Leggett opened and closed the ceremony, respectively, with a prayer.
The Good Samaritan Center is located at 620 Pecan St. For more information, call Good Samaritan at 830-833-2575 or mail PO Box 298, Blanco, TX 78606.