I have lived in King George, VA for about a year now ( give or take the 4 months I had to be in Portugal) and being a very remote town most of the advertisement here is done by word of mouth or by these signs on the side of the road, and that's how I first heard of Love Thy Neighbor by seeing one of those sign on the side of the road.
Last fall I had the privilege to meet Gina Panciera at the Fall Festival and we clicked right away. Next day she hired me to do her Head Shots for her campaign, she was running ( and won) for Shiloh District seat for King George School Board.
Fast forward to about a month ago and Gina reached out to me about the new home that Love Thy Neighbor will have " The Cottage" and from one simple phone call we go so carried away talking about all the future possibilities, and somehow I got involved in helping Love Thy Neighbor ( and so should you).
"Love Thy Neighbor Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen was established as a non-profit, volunteer operated, faith-based organization in King George, Virginia to provide nutritional basics and reassurance to others in need."
Last Sunday I volunteered my time and services and went to photograph and also learn a little bit more about the non-profit and BTW they just won the NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR
"On the 3rd Sunday each month, Love Thy Neighbor provides an Inspirational Hour with music and a guest speaker followed by a hot meal, beverage and dessert. This, along with a visit to our Food Pantry for a broad selection of groceries of choice. Our main focus is on food and hygiene items so monetary resources can be maximized for housing costs and other necessary expenses. Most of our guests are Seniors, Veterans, disabled, unemployed or under-employed. In addition, we share information and resources to help guide our neighbors in the right direction for particular services they may need. We serve approximately 100 families at our once-a-month event, and are blessed with dedicated and faithful volunteers who assist with the tasks at hand to make it all happen. "
Carolyne greeted me with her wonderful smile and explained me how the volunteer sign in works.
Miss Sonja also was the sweetest lady and helps register new patrons
Miss Jane and her lovely assistant assisted with the previous registered patrons and handed them their ticket accordantly
President of Love Thy Neighbor Chris, Furman and former President Gina all smiles greeting and helping with whatever they can.
This lovely lady was such a sweetheart and allowed me to photograph her.
Carol is the Team Lead for the kitchen and she was unstoppable!
It was a pleasure to capture these images and to see ALL THE AMAZING WORK and EFFORT it takes to carry on this amazing organization.
They are having a GRAND CELEBRATION on Sunday July 15 and you should go since it's FREE and you can also volunteer or donate for this amazing organization.
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