Darlene Turner

Darlene Turner displays the collected socks which were donated to Fifth Street Ministries.

Every December, Refuge Church of Christ, 133 Elder Lane, Troutman, along with several other area churches, volunteer at the Fifth Street Ministries helping to feed the homeless.

Wanting to do more to help, Darlene Turner, a member of the Troutman church, said last June they were able to provide products for women and young girls at the shelter.

After serving in December 2018, Turner said she prayed about additional ways they could help.

I prayed, “what can I do” Turner said, and “the Lord laid it on my heart – socks.”

Being obedient to the Lord and also following what she had learned from the late Bishop Ralph L. White who said ‘see the need, meet the need,’ she went to her current pastor, Elder Garry Clarke Sr. and told him what she felt the Lord was calling her to do.

Clarke told Turner, “okay, that’s your project.”

Turner began organizing and putting out boxes and her husband help create a sign for the collection site at the church. She also contacted the ladies of neighboring Mt. Vernon AME Zion Church, 631 Pisgah Church Road, Statesville and asked if they would like to join in the project and was told, yes, they wanted to be a part of this project.

Collection began at the end of January and continued through the end of June. On July 2, Turner delivered several boxes of men’s, women’s and children’s socks, which were donated for the homeless.

The shelter was excited about the donation, Turner said.

(This is) “such a blessing. We really need socks,” said Debra Fredericks, office administrator at Fifth Street Ministries.

When asked if she has started working on another outreach to the community, Turner said she was praying about another opportunity to help others and anticipates there will be another community outreach project in the works.

“We are to help the community and help those in need,” said Turner.

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