Gift of giving and celebration of giving thanks is a weekly and daily application for “Operation Help” in Waskom for the last 34 years and going strong with Peggy Peal leading the way to meeting the needs of the community.
Located at the Harrison County Sub-Courthouse, 165 E Texas Ave, Waskom, TX 75692, “Operation Help” functions with the facilities operating hours to the public. Peggy Peal’s hours are 24/7 but food distribution is every Monday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12 noon, at the sub-courthouse.
There is a solidarity of churches once again in the Waskom Community where Pastor John Strong from the local Church of Christ, adds his church and manpower to assisting Peggy Peal and “Operation Help”. Sue and Gene Gardner (Women’s Auxiliary Alliance) from First Baptist Church of Waskom, Lorie Hughes from St. Lawrence and Bruce Hayes, with Tony and Shiely Anthony from Pastor Doug Lovett’s Faith Independent Baptist Church help to provide food for the needy.
Ms. Peal works diligently to fund the community efforts to finance this grand undertaking, providing not only weekly provision but a Thanksgiving and Christmas feast, with an outpouring of giving from the Waskom-based food pantry she ran for many years, along with Bea Oliver, who recently moved away. For her tireless efforts to help the less fortunate, Ms. Peal recently received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award.
Pastor Strong stated, “Hunters For The Hungry” have agreed to donate deer meet for processing as hamburger patties to feed those in need. “Operation Help” has limited freezer space but the Church of Christ has made space with an additional freezer to accommodate donations.
Waskom’s Brookshire’s Spring Market facility, with Manager Tommy Morris has made the gift of giving easier by their unflinching support of “Operation Help” and multiple other food distribution outlets, to meet the needs of the Waskom community and Ark-La-Tex.
Waskom High School with Principle Kassie Watson and WISD Superintendent Jimmy Cox have provided opportunities to students to assist in “Operation Help” with manpower, donating time and muscle to organizing the rotating pantry with an official “Day of Service” for WHS seniors.
It should be noted “Operation Help” limits its resources only to the immediate Waskom school district community, due to funding and distribution limitations.
Donations to support “Operation Help” can be made at the Harrison County Sub-Courthouse, Monday and Thursdays as designated for meals and food boxes.
The Waskom’s Lion’s Club is holding a meeting at the Waskom Middle School, 255 School Ave, Waskom, Texas on November 28, 2017, at 6:00 PM to address a community food bank, as part of “Operation Help”, consolidating community efforts and funding.