Local church helps families in need during the holiday season

Families can tend to find themselves in rough spot around this time of the year but that doesn't mean they have to go through it alone. That's where many churches step in.


MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – Tis the season to give back.

Around the holiday season, there are some families who rely on organizations like the Salvation Army or United Way for a little help.

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However, some areas in North Mississippi don’t always have access to those organizations.

Some rely on smaller organizations like area churches.

Families can tend to find themselves in rough spots around this time of the year, but that doesn’t mean they have to go through it alone. That’s where many churches step in.

“We feel like a key part of our philosophy is to give back to other people,” said Pastor Wes White of Smithville Baptist Church.

White has followed that motto for several years.

Smithville Baptist Church works hard throughout the year to serve families in need, especially during the holidays.

“We have a committee called the benevolence committee. They work with us to assess people’s needs where they are. We obviously can’t meet every need, that’s an illogical possibility, but what we try to do is find those who are hurting and at least in the moment try to alleviate that pain,” said White.

White said November and December are the busiest months.

During that time, church and community members are donating food, clothing items, and Christmas toys for children.

“We partner with the Amory Food Pantry as far as food goes and stuff like that they’re a great resource, a wonderful resource for our community. They provide Thanksgiving meals. They provide Christmas meals and every week they’re providing food,” said White.

White said it’s important to assist those in the community because you never know when you may need help yourself.

“It’s not so much that they have to come to us and feel like they’re begging, it’s much more where we try to identify them through different organizations and just be a help to them,” said White.

There are many ways throughout the season you can help give back.

The Amory Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. To 11 a.m.