On January 14, The good Samaritan Center held its business meeting which covered all of 2008. This report reveals the number of bags of groceries dispensed, the number of families receiving those groceries, the number of people involved, the number of request for special aid, and other miscellaneous aid.
Number of bags: 2.826; Number of families: 1,065; Number of People: 3,231; Number of Special Aid Recipients: 217; Number of Other Recipients: 98.
Number of bags: 2.142; Number of families: 833; Number of People: 2,422; Number of Special Aid Recipients: 237; Number of Other Recipients: 40.
2008 Special Aid Breakdown:
Rent-$6040; PEC $5206; Water: $3434; Medicine: $344; Gas $1263; Propane: $1826.
2007 Special Aid Breakdown:
Rent-$6377; PEC $3294; Water: $3365; Medicine: $995; Gas $1681; Propane: $961.
Other Miscellaneous Aid:
2008: $2,158; 2007: $1,975.
In August, the Center distributed school supplies to 46 children; Trinityu Lutheran graciously provided for an additional eight students and also assisted in dispensing those supplies.
Because of the increasing number of people needing groceries each month, the Center must purchase from $700 to $800 of groceries from the Austin Food Bank, with the added cost of purchasing ground meat and chickens from Super S. The cost of purchasing food continues to grow.
The Good Samaritan Center owns its own land and building. All are debt free. It is staffed only by volunteers; no paid employees.
This brings up another important point: volunteers are badly needed. Volunteers are especially needed for Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please call Lucy Uselton at 833-5260 or 833-5454 to discuss with her what Wednesday afternoon you would be available to volunteer.
Last year, after our plea for funds, the community’s response was overwhelming. The Center most gratefully says, “God bless you for being so thoughtful and generous at a time when lots of people’s budgets are far less than they used to be.”
The Good Samaritan is a good place to shop-we have many good buys! Speaking of budgets, if your budget is low these days, the Good Samaritan Center has many good, inexpensive items to purchase. Check it out! The Center is open on Mondays through Fridays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Most shoppers leave the Good Samaritan with at least two or more items, happy with their good buys.
Again, many thanks to all those people who assist in the Center’s ongoing work. This certainly includes all those who contribute food and, most importantly, money. Each one of you is very special and all of your efforts are appreciated so very much.