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Manna milstone: Manna officials plan ribbon cutting at Thomson facility

Manna opened its doors to help the needy of McDuffie County on Feb. 2, but they have yet to receive a proper welcome.

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Duncan Winfrey (left) and Willie Ruff, both volunteers at Manna, unload a donated refridgerator at the organization's Greenway Street location.
Kristopher Wells
That is about to change.

The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce will play host to a ribbon cutting and open house for the organization located in the old We Care building on Greenway Street in Thomson. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on March 1.

"I'm excited about it," said Pine Grove Baptist Pastor and Manna organizer Butch Baston. "I think it's going to grow and make a difference in the community."

Since Manna started earlier this month, more than 65 people have been given assistance. The group provides food to hungry people and attempts to point those in need to organizations that can provide other kinds of help.

So far, the building that houses the organization has been renovated with help from area businesses such as Dozier Realty and Culpepper Lumber. But Rev. Baston said that additional church support is still needed to increase the number of people that Manna can assist.

"We need more churches supporting us, but other than that, we're doing really good," he said. "Things are going smoothly. We've got the building remodeled, and done a bunch of work in there thanks to people in the community that were willing to pitch in."

According to Rev. Baston, the City of Thomson, the county government and the Chamber of Commerce have all been very supportive of the organization.

"We've had the city and county on board really since we got the building and started the process to open up," he said. "I think it's going to benefit everybody."

Anyone interested in donating to or needing help from Manna should call Coordinator Machelle Campbell at 595-1418. Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 68, in Thomson.

PHOTO: by Kristopher Wells

1) Manna -- Duncan Winfrey (left) and Willie Ruff, both volunteers at Manna, unload a donated refridgerator at the organization's Greenway Street location.



Web posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004


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