With high poverty rates, Corbin church holds event to help needy

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

CORBIN, Ky (WYMT) - 15 percent of Americans live below the poverty line.

The US Census Bureau released that data as part of its annual report.

Those numbers highlight just how many people are suffering in the mountains.

That is part of the reason why a Corbin church is organizing a big event to help those in need.

Brent Foley is a worship leader at Immanuel Baptist Church and said it is amazing to see what is possible when a community rallies behind a good cause.

"Anything and everything that you can imagine that someone might need help with, it is going to be there," said Foley.

By there, Foley means at the Love Loud events put on by several community churches later this week.

The national program is getting a personalized touch by catering to the needs of Eastern Kentuckians.

Children's minister Jenni Lou Jackson said they have collected almost anything a needy family in the area could need.

"It ranges everywhere from handing out boxes of foods, to home improvements, doing services that people need such as help with financial problems," said Jackson.

Jackson added that this year Love Loud involves more than 30 community churches, which are all coming together for a bigger purpose.

"The task is to put a block party on or to feed a bunch of families. But our goal is to share Jesus and to make much of him," said Foley.

They plan to give out 800 boxes of food.

Jackson said they hope to not only feed folks but also fulfill a greater need in their lives.

"We really believe that if we can help people meet those physical needs then they can work on those spiritual needs that they have as well. They can realize that god will provide for whatever it is that we need," said Jackson.

The church participated in Love Loud for the first time last year.

This year's events begin Thursday with volunteers delivering goodies to schools and local businesses.

Below, you can find a link to see a full schedule of events.

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