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PAGE 10 THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 O @ by Lisa Windham "I'm just blessed every day when I come in ~aere because I know that this store is helping somebody and putting a smile on their face. It's a blessing, l knew when I retired this is what I was gonna do. I love it, I do," said Florala Christian Service Center Volunteer Cindy Phillips For almost 20 years, the Florala Christian Service Center (FCSC) and its volunteers have been at the heart of helping people in their time of need. The Center, located on Fifth Avenue in downtown Florala, is non-profit and is operated through the Coving- ton County Baptist Association (CCBA), along with centers in Opp and Andalusia. The Center offers clothing, shoes, toys, books, housewares and miscellaneous items for sale to the public at inexpen- sive prices. Bibles are free. Cash and checks are accepted, no debit or credit cards. Sales proceeds go to the CCBA to buy food for the food bank. The FCSC food bank gave out 1,400 pounds of food dur- ing the month of November to 55 local households. Food boxes are distributed monthly on the third Friday to the families. To receive assistance, food bank recipients must register at the FCSC and provide proof of income. A family of one re- ceives 15 pounds of food per month and food poundage is increased according to family size. Food boxes do not include dairy or frozen items. When the Florala Center's food bank runs low, they call JUDY NORMAN, Addy Bradley and Cindy Phillips each receive a blessing from their volunteer service to others. the CCBA and they send the needed items. Throughout the year, area churches, along with W.S. Harlan and Florala High schools donate food items they col- lect during various drives to the food bank. The annual event Fun in the Park, sponsored'by area churches, requires a non-perishable food item for admission and all collected food is also donated to the Center. The FCSC accepts any kind of dona- tions. Donated items can be brought in during business hours or placed at the front door of the center after hours. Cash donations are always appreciated. "We buy food with donated cash. Food is our greatest need," said Phillips. The Center also reaches out to fami- lies who have suffered losses due to house fires, job loss, etc. These individu- als can receive food, clothing and shoes during their time of need. The only re- quirement is that they obtain a letter from a church stating that they are in need and why. Active volunteers at. the FCSC in- clude Cindy Phillips, Abby Spillman, Forrest Spillman, Edna Granger, Sandy Conley, Judy Norman, Jean Prue, Rose Haile and Addy Bradley. Forrest Spillman oversees the Food Bank. He takes care of stocking, sorting and boxing food for distribution day. Abbie Spillman and Cindy Phillips keep the Center organized and running smoothly. Other volunteers help sort through all the donated items and get them ready to sell. Volunteers are always needed. Phil- lips said that if they had more volun- teers, they could extend their operat- ing hours. Currently the center is open from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Young or old who would like to vol- unteer and make a difference in some- one else's life can stop by the Center and leave their name and telephone number. Volunteers set their own hours ranging from as little as 1-2 hours a week to full time. 8 Q 0 O I U -(i g W O 0 i ~i. - :~: | THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER, located on Fifth Avenue in Florala, provides a valuable service by helping those in need.