Students at Bell County Technology Center donated over 500 cans of food to the Lighthouse Ministry Shelter of Pineville on Tuesday morning. What started out as a canned food drive sponsored by Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) turned into a schoolwide event. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Skills USA quickly joined HOSA in their effort to help the shelter.
In a ceremony held at the school, principal David Sowders, along with members of the participating clubs, presented Lighthouse Ministry Shelter of Pineville Director Eulene Brock with the donations. In addition to being the Director of the Lighthouse Ministry Shelter, Brock also serves as a member of the Bell County School Board.
Brock told students since August of 2009, the shelter has served over 670 people in southeastern Kentucky. Approximately 140 of those served have been children. Since January of this year, the shelter has served over 160 people in need. Brock took a moment to explain to the students how the shelter helps individuals in need. Once an individual comes to the shelter for help, they have up to a maximum of 30 days to stay with the shelter while they find a job and a place to live. Brock also pointed out that an individual can only use the shelter’s services once a year.
Sowders took a moment to show his appreciation to the students. He also reminded them to always remember, “No matter how bad things may seem, it could always be worse.”
Brock encouraged students to visit the shelter to see how it operates. The shelter is located at 117 Pine Street, Pineville, KY 40977. If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering to help, you can stop by the shelter or call (606) 337-9736.