ABILENE, Texas - Many know about Love and Care Ministries and of the need in Abilene, but just down the road there is another community where help is needed: Merkel.
That's where the second branch of Love and Care operates. During this season of giving, they're asking for your help.
"We give out food and we give out drinks. We do some counseling in the back also. If they need to take a shower, they can take a shower," said Zach Hewitt, director of the Love and Care Ministries facility in Merkel.
Hewitt said hundreds have come through their doors in just a matter of months.
"Since mid-May we've given over 34, 000 meals and had over 1,000 people through the door. I feel like there was a huge need here," Hewitt said.
There's no denying that. According to Hewitt, the facility serves mostly the working poor who struggle just for necessities.
"Some people come in looking for jackets because they don't have enough coats. They get blankets. A lady came in and asked for a heater today. We don't have a heater to give her. We have a lot of kids, a lot of single moms that come in asking for help because they can't feed their kids or they need baby clothes or they're fixing to have a baby," Hewitt said.
To keep providing for those in need they need the community's help, Hewitt said.
That's why the ministry has decided to open a second drop off location for Mission Thanksgiving at their facilities in Merkel.
"You never know unless you try. We don't know what's gonna happen and we hope it's blessed," Hewitt said.
No matter how much or little is given, it will all be appreciated.
"Oh, I love the people who work here. They're very friendly loving caring. It's a wonderful thing to be doing – helping people," said Lana Jackson, a visitor of Love and Care in Merkel.
If you'd like to participate in Mission Thanksgiving, here's what you need to know:
The event is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.
Located at 906 N. 3rd St. in Merkel, the ministry needs coats, blankets, Toboggans, gloves, jeans, warm clothing, socks, underwear, diapers, formula, and meat, although they need any type of gently used clothing, sleeping bags, and towels.
If you have any questions or want to know how to help, you can call the Merkel location at 325-928-4045.