LaGRANGE, Georgia (WRBL) – The LaGrange Community Improvement Action Center hosted a COVID-19 drive-thru rescue event for Troup County and surrounding counties on May 22, 2021. Attendees received items such as food, water, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products all of which were donated by individuals and businesses.
“It was important for us to function as a partner in the community, so we invited other organizations to be part of it, like we said, Area in Need Missionary House. Some others have joined us, so it’s a real collaborative effort within the community and we are really delighted that it took off so quickly, ”said CAFI’s CEO and event organizer, Jennifer Corcione.
CAFI supports low-income families and helps alleviate the burden of poverty. Maybe “Community Action Month” CAFI organized the drive-thru event to show the community its support.
“It’s a blessing to be able to serve the community,” said program support specialist Marcia Matthews.
CAFI organizes monthly food drives for people in need and serves around 500 people each month. One of the participants, Wendy Rodgers, was eager to receive donations after learning of the event in the newspaper.
“It means a lot, it’s helped everyone in the area too,” Rodgers said.
There were many volunteers at the event, including brothers from the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. They volunteer with CAFI most weekends and provide support to the community.
“One of the things our locals do is make sure we push for the things that are needed and try to help those in need in our community,” said Brian Smith, one of the brothers from the Kappa Alpha Psi. .
According to Smith, the brothers individually believe community support is important and are part of Kappa Alpha Psi because it is an organization that supports this foundation. They saw positive comments from the community at the event.
“Everyone was very responsive, very happy to receive help,” said George Baker, one of the Kappa Alpha Psi brothers.
CAFI received between 40 and 50,000 dollars in donations for this event and hopes to have helped 700 people with the drive-thru.
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