Churches around the area of Phillips County are coming together in the spirit of giving, passing out grocery items that have been collected from the community.  Doris Smith, and Pat Roberson, are heading up this charitable effort, have donated their time and hearts to those in need. 

Churches around the area of Phillips County are coming together in the spirit of giving, passing out grocery items that have been collected from the community.  Doris Smith, and Pat Roberson, are heading up this charitable effort, have donated their time and hearts to those in need. 
“It’s a big need. A need for volunteers, contributions, donations, and then a bigger need to feed those who are without.” said Smith. 
So far they have collected enough items to donate to 729 homes or a total of 1,876 people. Of those, 80 deliveries were made to new homes and 180 new people in need this month. 
“It’s a constant effort, and the volunteers enjoy what they do,” said Smith.  “Donations of food have been supplied by the Arkansas Food Bank as well as the Rice Depot every month. 
County schools are reaching out as well, including DeSoto that brought in 4 to 5,000 items this year alone – just a bit shy of the 6 to 7,000 items that were donated with the help of Barton High last year. 
“We have been very fortunate this year in donations,” said Smith. Smith recalls some of the donations that include $1,000 worth of gift cards generously provided by Hays Grocery, and the 400 lbs of sweet potatoes donated from Delta Blues Sweet Potatoes. 
“It’s really amazing to see how many are in need in this community” Smith commented.  “Contributions, donations, and volunteers are always welcome.” 
For more information call Smith at 995-2956.