SPINDALE — Approximately 150 area residents received free new socks, compliments of several local churches. The community sock give-away happened Saturday at the Gold Hill Assembly Building.
Sponsored by Harvest House Baptist Church, New Bethel AME Zion Church, New Vernon Baptist Church, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and the Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Association, the event was designed to meet physical needs.
“Churches have to re-engage and meet the needs of the community,” said Travis McEntyre, one of the event organizers.
A total of 2,500 pairs of socks were given away. Each individual was given at least a dozen new pairs. Hats, gloves, and scarves were given away as well.
Those who participated, according to McEntyre, included parishioners who were familiar as well as people the ministers had never seen before who learned about the event and decided to attend.
“This was a blessing,” McEntyre said. “This was a way to address real needs that people have. People with limited funds were able to get some new, quality socks and scarves that they may not really have been able to afford to go out and buy.”
McEntyre hopes churches will do more to take the lead in doing social ministry work locally. Though he is grateful for the various social ministry organizations in Rutherford County, and often partners with them, he wants churches to take a more active role in addressing community needs.
Saturday’s sock give-away was a way to show God’s love, McEntyre said.
“It is time for us to come together and work together, to show God’s love as we address the struggles people are experiencing,” he added. “I want to see churches working together as a unified body.”