|Hope House Ministry offers free school supplies|
Hope House Ministry, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to aid families affected by domestic abuse and neglect, recently gave away free school supplies to students across the parish.
"We had over 200 children to receive free supplies," said Jimmie Lee Jones, director and counselor with Hope House. "The parents and the students were very appreciative and we thank God for each and every individual that donated their time and money without a second thought."
A special prayer was given in memory of L'Anita Jordan, daughter of Lee and Lois Jordan, and Monica Jackson, daughter of Ruby Brown and Milton Jackson, who lost their lives to domestic violence.
Volunteers assisting with the event were Pastor Noah Kincaid, Joshua Lynch, Gabriel Walker, Gregory Walker, Vanessa Jones, James Randolph, Jacyinthia Elzy and Monica Jenkins.
Sponsors for the event included Sheriff Steve Pylant, Mayor Jack Hammons, Clerk of court Ann Johnsn, Rep. Noble Ellington, Sen. Neil Riser, Winnsboro Chief of Police Lester Thomas, Winnsboro State Bank, Progressive Bank, Franklin State Bank, James and Dotty Mobley, Courey Mobley, Crystal Lynch, Miriam Lynch, Mary Washington, Saporia Anderson, youth counselor for Hope House and Mia Jones Dunn, director of the ministry.
"Our mission at Hope House is to break the cycle of abuse and saving the youth by doing things God's way," said Jones. "We are all put here for a reason -- not for our own selfish gain, but to serve God and others with love."