Church hosting drive to benefit the needy

First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown is collecting a variety of clothing and household goods and cleaning supplies throughout April to benefit several different organizations in the region.

First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown is collecting a variety of clothing and household goods and cleaning supplies throughout April to benefit several different organizations in the region.

The drive is two-fold, church member Joy Swope said.

Swope said they are collecting gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing items for four organizations: Free2Hope Drop-In Center in Louisville; Dress for Success Clothes Drive at the American Red Cross in Fort Knox; Hope on a Hanger at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Radcliff; and New Horizons, Sober Living, and Addiction/Alcoholism Recovery in Elizabethtown.

Additionally, they are collecting household items and cleaning supplies for the Hardin County Schools Homeless Outreach Program. Swope said these include items that a family might need to get their home started, such as new or gently used blankets and pillows, dishes, and microwaves or small kitchen appliances.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the church office, 1016 Pear Orchard Road.

The idea for the drive came about during lent.

Swope said the church has committed to being a Matthew 25 congregation. According to presbyterianmission.org, Matthew 25:31–46 “calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities.”

During lent, Swope said they had five speakers who related to their Matthew 25 commitment, which was three-fold: Building congregational vitality; dismantling structural racism; and eradicating systemic poverty.

Among those speakers were Radcliff Council­woman Terry Owens, who is involved with the selected organizations, and Lynnette Kennedy, Home/School/Community Liaison for Hardin County Schools.

From there, Swope said they looked for opportunities that would allow them to help and be better partners within the community. The drive was one way.

For more information about First Presbyterian Church’s April collection, call 270-505-7663.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.