For this giveaway, it was the Senior Beta Club, although the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Future Farmers of America groups also take turns assisting at the food and clothing giveaways.
“It’s good work,” FCCLA and Senior Beta Sponsor Betty Alexander said. “It really opens the kids’ eyes, and they are very empathetic.”
Lori Abercrombie, director of Mission of Hope, thinks it is imperative to teach teenagers the importance of caring for their neighbors.
“It is important to make sure we’re teaching our kids what serving our neighbors really means,” Abercrombie said. “Let’s lead them to practice service that’s consistent, committed and ongoing, so they can grow up to give back in ways that are consistent, committed and ongoing. Let’s show them that loving your neighbor means knowing your neighbor and reaching out with a helping hand.”
Abercrombie said that Corner High School’s band will also be attending a future giveaway to perform their gospel-themed halftime show.
“The families at the Mission do not have the opportunity of seeing this very often,” Abercrombie said. “The cost of a ballgame is out of reach for so many. This will be a real treat for our clients.”
After the show, the band will assist with handing out the food.
Mission of Hope opened in 1992 and provides families in need with clothing and food twice a month.
The mission will also serve a Thanksgiving dinner to its clients this year and will once again host a toy giveaway for preregistered children at the dinner. For more information, visit www.missionofhopedora.com or call (205) 647-4766. The charity is also in need of donations of money (which is tax-deductible), new toys for the giveaway or clothing, blankets and household items that are in good condition.