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Niles church helps with truckload of donations

NILES — Members of New Hope United Methodist Church decided items left over from their fall trash and treasure sale, as well as donations from the community, will help those in need in Kentucky.

The church donated a truckload of various items in Red Bird Mission in Kentucky, a thrift store.

Carol Miller and Cyd Scarnecchia, coordinators of the event, said the trash and treasure sale is an annual fundraising event held at the church.

“They can put whatever they want in the thrift store. I know those who can’t afford the items can get vouchers to get what they may need,” Miller said.

She said the community being helped are those in Appalachia near the Tennessee border.

Church members Joe Scarnecchia and Ernie Allen drove the van to Kentucky with Marlene Allen, Cyd Scarnecchia and other church members following in their cars.

“The four of us drove there first, and then Pastor Jim Spatholt and his wife, Laurie, came down next,” Scarnecchia said.

Laurie Spatholt came up with the idea of the donating the items, having been there before several times as part of work group projects.

Jim Spatholt said when he and his wife were part of another church, they spent a week in Kentucky.

“We have been there before with a group to check out the area and see what the needs of the people are. We did a work trip and then the next year took a lot of things there,” he said.

Items taken included household items, clothing and health care items.

Scarnecchia said they want to be able to provide for the people in need.

The church members said more than 100 boxed items were delivered.

Scarnecchia said one place they will visit is the Henderson Settlement in Appalachia. which is supported by the United Methodist Church,

“The Henderson Settlement has a greenhouse. We will tour the greenhouse to see what they are doing,” she said.

Grow Appalachia is a group that is dedicated to helping families plant a healthy future for themselves and their communities by providing them with skills and resources to grow sustainable nutritious food; teaching them how to grow, prepare and preserve food in a healthy way; providing soil testing, tools, plants / seeds and tillage as needed to start a garden; empowering them to share their knowledge in the community; developing a local farmers market to sell surplus food; and offering informative workshops.

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