(c) 2009 NPT Photo by Katie Pittser
Preacher Ray stands outside the Hard Core Disciples and Biker Church Thrift Store and Food
Pantry. The store is open every Thursday from noon until 2 P.M.
|Published: 10:58 AM, 10/13/2009
Author: Katie Pittser
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Preacher Ray and the Hard Core Disciples and Biker Church
would like to welcome those who need a little extra help. With a grand opening
last week, the thrift store is also a food pantry. Getting the bulk of the food
through Operation Sharing Tennessee in Oneida, Preacher Ray receives enough
food to feed at least 600 people per month.
"The church and I would like to thank Cocke County
for contributions and support," said Preacher Ray. "We welcome any
and all food donations as well as clothes, furniture, etc."
He explained that he must keep strict rules and
regulations in the food pantry. There is a limit on how much you may receive.
They accept food stamps with the EBT letter and a photo I.D.
"For every four food pantry visits, we ask that we
receive one day of volunteer work in return," said Preacher Ray. "We
ask that you work in the thrift store for entire day. We keep your name and
number on a card. Then, every time you visit us and receive free clothes or
food, we hole punch the card. We contact you and schedule when you can
volunteer for us."
The Hard Core Disciples have acquired the warehouses and
property behind Food City West. They hope to open a job training program and a
neighborhood youth gathering. Gary and Karen Grassman, who are the youth
pastors at the Hard Core Disciples Biker Church, will head this.
"We want this to be a gathering place for the youth
to come grow spiritually and have the ability to express themselves," said
For more information on the thrift store, food pantry, or
the youth group, please contact Preacher Ray at 865-237-2139. The thrift store
is located at 422 Old Knoxville Highway. It is in the old Hawk Grocery building
next to the West-End Exxon.
"We appreciate the folks of Cocke County for the support
and donations," said Preacher Ray. "We look forward to a prosperous
and spiritual campaign in the county."
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