LETTER: There was no disruption in hunger

October 28, 2020

When we rang in 2020 at midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, who knew then there would be school and business closures, job layoffs, sudden sheltering in place mandates, food shortages … but … there was no disruption in hunger.

COVID-19 brought with it stressors that often put families in challenging situations. Forced to stretch their budgets to the very max, many families make costly sacrifices, like going without food. These families shouldn’t have to go hungry when there are dedicated people like you and me, right? Unfortunately, unless we act now, many will be.

Since community food drives have been postponed, Rusk Cares – Good Samaritan is asking for monetary donations to purchase the most-needed items from East Texas Food Bank. You can help us fight hunger during these unprecedented times. Every dollar you give will provide not only the gift of food, but the gift of hope for needy children, families and seniors.

We’ve seen a huge increase in the demand for food assistance, and we’re serving many new faces due to COVID-19. We are striving to reach and feed as many households as possible during this pandemic. Your gift will immediately go to work to serve our neighbors in need. As the need spikes, the donations from year-end giving are running out. You can help us reverse this trend and end our fiscal year strong, prespred to face whatever lies ahead.

Hunger and hardships don’t take a break. With your help, we can ensure that hope for these families won’t either.

With gratitude,

Mona Burford,

Board president,

Rusk Cares – Good Samaritan

Editor’s note: The ministry’s goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase food for 2021, which will help local families in need. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 632, Rusk, Texas, 78785.