Giving ‘tree’ to help local ministry

Published 5:24 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

It may not have branches or glittering decorations, but the unique tree in the lobby of Guardian Credit Union in Clanton serves an important purpose.

The shelves designed to look like an autumn tree are the collection point for non-perishable food donations for Through the Grace of God Ministries.

Branch manager Jessica Minardi said as an organization, Guardian is focused on being involved in the community.

“We like to take opportunities like this to help where we can,” Minardi said.

Credit Union employee Heather Brooks had the idea for the unique display, and her father Ronald Lenoir constructed it.

Other staff members supported the project through awareness and accepting the donations.

The branch has a list of needed items available in the lobby to encourage participation. Some of the items include canned vegetables and soups, canned meat and small jars of peanut butter and jelly.

Those who donate to the food drive are being entered into a drawing for four tickets to a University of Alabama or four tickets to an Auburn University football game.

Donations are being accepted until Nov. 10.

Monetary donations are also being accepted for the ministry.

“The ministry depends on organizations, churches and individuals to help and donate,” Bro. Ralph Bingham of Through the Grace of God Ministries said. “We just appreciated the support of Guardian, and we hope that some others will get some ideas and get creative … with some other ways they can help us.”

He estimated that the ministry gives out 25 to 30 food boxes a week.

While there is always a need, he said the number does increase near the holiday season.