Circle of Giving Presents $8,000 to Iredell Christian Ministries
By FRAN FARRER
STATESVILLE, NC – As promised, Sunday, January 27, 2019 the ladies of Circle of Giving presented Joy Morrison, Iredell Christian Ministries with an $8,000.00 check to assist with their mission of “Opening doors in crisis solutions.
When Morrison realized the amount of the check her eyes began to tear as she shared with the ladies what a timely blessing is was. The ministry was going through troubling times and was not sure they would be able to assist with community needs to include utility bills. For Morrison this was a saving grace.
Iredell Christian Ministries was born 12 years ago when area churches and individuals realized the need for a local food pantry in response to the growing number of Iredell County residents living with food insecurity. As years passed, the ministry grew not only to two larger locations, but to assist with other needs including utilities. The ministry assists an average of 55 families per day, which equates to 800 families, or over 2,700 individuals per month.
Circle of Giving was founded in 2011 with only 10 members giving $120.00 annually to assist a needy family or individual; with no tax benefits promised, only that they would assist someone in need. The initial mission was and remains today are to “Bring value and restoration to families or individuals currently suffering from any hardship through the gift of giving. With the help of just one person we are able to give to others but through the “Circle of Giving” we are able to help transform a community.
Founding member and President, Synetta Raye was joined in this effort by 9 founding members: Patricia Peterson, Gloria Williams, Tina Templeton, Selina Davidson, Phyllis Duncan, Barbara Davidson, Vermel Moore, Karen Tomlin, and Tonda Millsaps. The membership has grown to 100 in and around Statesville, Charlotte, Mooresville, Raleigh, and as far as Atlanta, Ga.
From a 10-member out of pocket blessing to a 501 c3 with over 100 members, Circle of Giving has set a president that all things are possible when working to help others, and solidifying that there is strength in numbers.
Circle of Giving’s funds distribution in 2011 with 10 members was $1,200, 2012 increased to $3,240, 1013 to $5,490, and has grown to $13,000.00 through Christmas blessings, Gospel Finest, scholarships, and the bi-annual Gala.