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Repairers of the Breach in need of holiday donations

COVINGTON -- Director Shirley Smith of Covington's Repairers of the Breach is reminding residents of the needs of the less fortunate as the holiday season approaches.

"We want to thank Newton, Rockdale, Walton and surrounding counties for their continued support," she said. "Due to the economy, we are asking for you to dig deep and help us reach out on Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Founded in 1991, Repairers of the Breach ministers throughout the year with emergency assistance, but especially during the holidays they reach out to the elderly and children. Last year they helped about 300 children and their families have a merry Christmas and they are hoping to be able to do at least that much or more this year.

"We have set up a fund at BB&T Bank for anyone who would like to make a monetary donation," Smith said. "You can go in and say you would like to help Repairers of the Breach and the bank will take care of it. Or, you can bring your donation by Repairers of the Breach. We are a 501(c)agency and a tax receipt can be given."

Offices and the Repairers of the Breach Thrift Store are located at 1150 Old Brown Bridge Road at Washington Street. The phone number is 770-787-7250.

Smith said donations of food items are also needed.

"Our food bank is running way low and we could use some food to stock for the holidays," she said. "Many of you know we are feeding the hungry every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m."

Smith said several churches have joined in this endeavor and it has been a blessing to work with them.

"God said, 'Feed my sheep,'" she said. "I feel like we are all in this together -- neighbor helping neighbor during these hard times."

Smith said that the general public might not see the dire need that they see every day.

"We have seen people that went from giving to our ministry to having to ask for help; people who can no longer find jobs have been living off their 401K's and now that's gone; families with nowhere to live with little children; homes being foreclosed on every day," Smith said. "We are searching for resources to help them. We truly are living in perilous times."