Gleaning for the World hosts first-ever Giving Day

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A local group known for serving others around the world is asking for help on Wednesday.

Gleaning for the World is having its first Day of Giving to try and raise money on behalf of the organization to help them prepare for the next disaster.

Lynchburg residents have 12 hours to help reach a $100,000 goal.

“My spiritual gift is a gift of help,” says Letitia Lowery. “I like to help however I can.”

Lowery has been a volunteer with Gleaning for about seven years. She raises funds outside the Hill City Sam’s Club on Wards Road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the group that helps the world in disasters.

“Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s hard to do if your neighbor is in another state or country,” she says. “He’s an intermediary that the Lord, I think, uses to get help there.”

Gleaning calls it a day of giving. This is the first time they have asked people to donate for running costs.

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“We just want to be ready for the next thing that happens, wherever it happens,” says disaster coordinator Roy St. John.

When people donate to Gleaning, they don’t skimp on operating costs. Every penny goes towards the disaster to which they contribute.

They spend much more time in these places.

“We’re still working on last year’s hurricanes in the Gulf,” he says. “We are still working in Kentucky and Tennessee since the tornadoes. We are on the long term.

These funds will help them do that. Donors match every donation given, up to $50,000 until the challenge ends.

Gleaning for the World is known for its disaster relief work nationwide, but it’s also known for helping neighbors in need here in central Virginia.

The group distributes food, hygiene items, pet supplies and more to more than 40 partners in the region who pass them on to those who need a helping hand.

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