Students at Kossuth Elementary School gathered more than 2,000 food items for FUEL’s event to help people in need on Saturday.

KOSSUTH — The “blue building” will beam brightly this weekend with the spirit of giving.

Forever Unending Eternal Love (FUEL) is hosting a food and clothing giveaway at the L.C. Follin Christian Life Center beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. It is intended to help those who are in need or having some hard luck as the holidays approach.

“That’s what we thrive on, is opening these doors of this blue building and let the light of the Lord shine in,” said Anthia Jo Follin-King, one of the organizers.

Fifty food boxes, each including a turkey, will be available, as well as lots of clothing.

“We have a tremendous amount of children’s clothing and shoes and coats,” she said. “A large selection of adult clothing, also – jeans galore.”

There is no screening or credentials required.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for clothing,” said Follin-King. “Some of it is brand new. Some of it is slightly used.”

Kossuth Elementary School got involved with a food drive for the event. Counselor Leanna Holloway sought to inspire the students with a book about sharing, and they responded.

“We do this a couple of times a year,” said Follin-King. “This particular event could not have taken place had the school not had the food drive. We couldn’t have afforded to have bought this amount of food.”

The nonperishable food contributions gathered by students in pre-K through fourth grade totaled more than 2,000 items – “an enormous amount of food,” she said.

An after-school ministry, FUEL began in 2008 and, according to Follin-King, succeeds because of community support.

“This community is one that meets the needs of our people,” she said.

Several months ago, the group gave away about 300 backpacks and 60 food boxes at the beginning of the school year to help families with the expenses of getting kids back in school for a new year.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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