A local news site reported the efforts of the family of one Grace Brethren pastor to help raise funds to provide heat for the homes of needy people this winter. A story on Ink Free News about Friday night’s “Camp on the Courthouse” in Warsaw, Ind., included photos of Aaron Scantlen, pastor of Empty Hands Bible Church and a staff member at the Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor).
“Mahlia and JoJo heard about a campout on the courthouse lawn to raise awareness for people who need assistance with their heating bill,” Aaron reported on his Facebook page. “Lindsay, who works at Combined Community Services was helping with the event and told us at Empty Hands. They decided they wanted to participate and raise money and raised $72 by themselves. The REMC is matching, so they raised $144 dollars to those in need of heat!”
A portion of the story from Ink Free News appears below. Click here for the complete story and more photos.
CAMPING OUT ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN FOR OTHERS
WARSAW — Wearing layers of clothing, heavy gloves, hats, coats with more clothing available as the temperature dips into the 30s overnight, and warm sleeping bags, a dozen individuals, including a few children, are camping out on the courthouse lawn in Warsaw. They are participating in the first “Camp On The Courthouse” to raise money for Combined Community Services utility program.
Their time at the “camp” started at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 13, and will end at 6 a.m. Saturday. They will experience what many experience each winter – having only the clothing they are wearing to keep them warm because there is not enough money or no money available to provide heat in their home or apartment. Many have to decide between food, medication or heat.
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