The East Bend branch of Yadkin Christian Ministries got an early Christmas present when an anonymous donor paid the full amount to purchase a much needed-item for the facility — an industrial truck to be used to transport food.
Site Coordinator David Fredrick explained each week a trip is made to the food bank in Winston-Salem to pick up items for Yadkin Christian Ministries to distribute to those in need. Frederick said the amount of food picked up from the food bank, on average between 2,600 to 3,900 pounds, is putting a strain on the site’s current vehicle.
Recently while having some regular maintenance done on the van, Frederick mentioned to the mechanic they were in need of a more industrial vehicle for transporting food. Mechanic Adam Lane got Frederick in touch with a person looking to sell a 1999 GMC E3500 box truck.
Frederick said he first assumed the price would be too high, but the seller is planning to semi-retire and was offering the truck for a good price. The ministry approved purchased of the vehicle.
As Frederick was making plans to go pick up the new truck, a donor came forward and handed over a check saying, “Merry Christmas.”
Frederick said at first he didn’t look at the amount on the check, though the anonymous donor joked it should be enough to get his picture on the front page of The Yadkin Ripple.
Upon returning to the ministry, Frederick looked at the check and was astounded to see it was for the entire amount of the truck.
The couple who donated the money told Frederick they hoped their donation would inspire others.
“They just hope when this gets out that more individuals and businesses will take a lesson and contribute to agencies such as Yadkin Christian Ministries and all the other local groups that rely on volunteers,” Frederick said.
“We’re just walking on air right now that a family came forward and paid for the truck for us,” said Frederick of the surprise Christmas gift. “We just thank God and the gentleman and his wife that donated it. We’re still stunned.”
On average the East Bend location serves 50 families a month, Frederick said. Most of those families include four to five people. The ministry also provides financial assistance for items such as heating and some prescription medications.
Frederick said items most needed at the ministry are personal care items such as feminine products, toilet paper and shampoo. Monetary donations also are always appreciated.
For more information on Yadkin Christian Ministires, visit www.y-c-m.org or call the East Bend office at 336-699-4544 or the main office in Yadkinville at 336-679-3080.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.