We are a small group of volunteers in Polk County, TN operating under the authority of Smyrna Baptist Church who want to bless our local kids. We are always looking for people to help deliver food, work with children, and help purchase food/crafts/lesson materials.
FGL teaches children about Jesus though face-to-face and remote Bible lessons. During the summer, FGL offers in-person games and hands-on Bible lessons at the Frank Hammons Park in Benton, TN (near the dump) and at community sites throughout West Polk County. Every month, FGL volunteers ministry bags to families in West Polk. The ministry bags include items to help children ages 3 years to age 18 improve their literacy skills through STEM and multi-sensory projects; all of these materials support an important Bible lesson.
During the summer, FGL delivers prepared meals, snack packs, and family food items for families to use to children's homes in West Polk County. We also offer meals on-site at the Frank Hammons Park in Benton, TN (near the dump), and at various places throughout the county. FGL delivers food from the Chattanooga Food Bank to children every month, and we also stock share boxes in the county. When possible, FGL also supports local snack pack programs at schools.
FGL volunteers help families connect with local resources. For example, we help parents locate clothing for their children at places like Smyrna Baptist's Clothing Closet, Delano Baptist's Clothing Closet, or People Helping People. When local resources are unavailable, we can occasionally elicit assistance from the wonderful people in Polk County. However, this is a poor county, and if you are receiving assistance from one group for need -- such as Christmas gifts -- you cannot ask for assistance from another group for the same need.
FGL needs funds to buy food, craft materials, lesson materials, game supplies, gas for picking up children/delivering food, and other miscellaneous expenses. We will totally brag on you on Facebook if you want :) Right now, the Paypal account is the one that Courtney Pippenger uses because we aren't sure how to set one up for FGL, but funds are given directly to Smyrna Baptist church under the FGL account, and receipts are turned in directly to the church. We can also take Venmo through Courtney's account @FeedingGodsLambs