The Cooperative Christian Ministry in Middlesboro is always striving to serve the community and help those in need. They rely heavily on donations from the community at large to help facilitate their goal.
Students from Bell County High School have donated some of their time to assist. The Bell County Air Force ROTC has been working with CCM in this manner for seven years now. The students conduct a food drive at Kroger, asking shoppers to pick something up for a donation as they leave the store. This year’s was their biggest collection to date.
“This is just one of our community service projects that we do for the school year,” said Barry Tanner, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Bell High and Lt. Col. for the Air Force ROTC. “We try and get the kids involved in community service throughout the year.”
Three students, along with Tanner made the delivery to CCM. Cadet Capt. and Community Services Officer Klowie Ortiz has been in the ROTC program for three years. Her brother Cadet Bobby Ortiz just started this month, and the senior ROTC member on site was Flight Commander Destiny Miracle.
“I started with the ROTC because my grandfather was in the Air Force and my sister is now,” said Capt. Ortiz. “I actually found I really enjoy it and what we do for the community, and I hope to join the Air Force now.”
Cadet Ortiz concurs with his sister saying he too might go on to join the Air Force adding, “I hope to become a better citizen with my service in the ROTC.”
Flight Commander Destiny Miracle also enjoys serving the community in this way saying, “It feels great!”
The donated food items allow for CCM to provide for families and individuals in the community who require assistance. Donations like this one from the Bell high students are what allows CCM to help a large number of clients daily.
“If it wasn’t for help like this from the community we couldn’t exist,” said Associate Director of CCM Ashley Witt. “The community donates the food and it gives us the ability to help more families — people we couldn’t help without the donations.”
Donations of food are always needed. Anyone interested in donating can bring their items to CCM during business hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Cooperative Christian Ministry is located in downtown Middlesboro at 2124 Cumberland Avenue. Volunteers are always needed. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Witt at 606-248-8022.
Renovations to their Second Chance Thrift Shop were completed earlier this year and the space is much larger than it once was. Here they provide donated items and clothing at affordable prices. Donations to Second Chance are also welcomed. These donations too, can be made during regular business hours or via the drop box located in the alley.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn