Yard sale benefits CROSS Ministries

May. 20, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

The annual rummage sale to benefit Christians Reaching Out Serving Seymour Ministries was held Friday and Saturday at Grace Baptist Church.

CROSS Ministries was established over 23 years ago as a nonprofit organization. Seventeen local churches support CROSS, and the ministry serves Seymour by providing food and monetary aid to the less fortunate.

"It's been very successful in spite of the rain," said volunteer Linda Hempel.

Board of Directors Chairman Dean Hempel said the purpose of the sale is twofold. "It's a community outreach for us to raise money for local families who need assistance, but it's also an opportunity for the volunteers to have time to fellowship together," he said.

Dean Hempel said CROSS assists over 3,000 families a year. "Some of them we just lend a helping hand to get them out of a bind," he said. "Others we help pretty consistently throughout the year."

What stands out about CROSS Ministries, he said, is that there are no paid directors. The mission is a completely volunteer organization.

Hempel has been involved with CROSS for 12 years, and he said it's an outreach he supports because he sees the need for it. "With missions, you have local, national and international," he said. "I feel this is a way to serve the people closest to home." n

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