Local law enforcement agencies come together to serve their community

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By Heather Russell Wilson
Staff Reporter

The shelves of the Manna Kitchen in New Boston aren’t quite as empty as they have been in the last few weeks.  On Wednesday, June 25, a motorcade of local law enforcement vehicles, complete with lights and sirens, delivered over 1,153 pounds of food to the Manna Kitchen, replenishing stock that had gotten alarmingly low.  
Marci Conley, assistant director for the Manna Kitchen, made a post on Facebook that they were in desperate need for supplies, and after the post was shared a few times, it was seen by Texas State Trooper Jake Boyd.  Boyd immediately got to work putting together what became a very successful food drive, involving law enforcement agencies and businesses all over Bowie County.  Trooper Boyd released the following statement:
“A few weeks back a good friend of mine shared this information to me of Manna Kitchen running low on food for the disabled and elderly. So I thought what better way to help others in need, than to have a canned food drive to help out with this cause. 
I believe a lot of us including myself get caught up in our own lives due to being so busy and we forget to stop and realize how blessed we truly are. It says in the Bible “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Now, I would like to thank all of our State and local LE Agencies, businesses, and organizations here in Bowie County that assisted with making this event happen. It was definitely a team effort. 
We have enough evil going on in our world today and It’s just nice to see the citizens of this community come together to help those in need. 
I, along with these other officers here today got into LE to protect and serve others. To us this is part of serving others.”
Manna Kitchen serves 65-100 meals to the elderly, disabled, and shut-ins in the New Boston area on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and Conley says help from the public is always welcome.  “We are always in need of food - some items that they can always use are cookies, crackers, and snack cakes,” said Conley.  “Also, monetary donations - we are currently operating with just one working air conditioner, so cash for upkeep and repairs is always needed.”
Volunteers are always welcome also.  Back-up or on-call delivery drivers are crucial to ensuring meals get to those who need them consistently, and on time.  For more information on how you can help the Manna Kitchen, call 903-628-2444.

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