683 Grady Co. families receive $10K in food | Community Spirit
GRADY COUNTY, GA – The Grady County Help Agency has been helping needy families in Grady County for over 20 years and this year the agency gave away at least $10,000 in food to needy families.
On Thursday, December 15, the agency along with the help of several volunteers dispersed food to 683 Grady County families at the Grady County Ag Center. That is exactly 2, 331 people in Grady County,” said Cindy Johnson, Grady County Help Agency treasurer and board member.
Johnson said the Help Agency started signing people up in mid October up until Thanksgiving. “People would bring in toys and food for these families, and it just turned out to be great for our community,” said Johnson.
The Grady County Help Agency was established in 1984 by the Ministerial Association and civic leaders as a way to provide a central location for people in the community who needed help. The Help Agency is also an agency of the local United Way.
The agency is completely operated by volunteers, over 30 of who are very dedicated to lending a hand to the agency whenever possible.
Two main requirements for qualifying for benefits for the Help Agency are that everyone who needs assistance must be a Grady County resident and meet the financial requirements.
Although Johnson says that donations of food and clothes are given to them on a regular basis, people do donate money, but the problem is they can’t give money to clients.
“We don’t give money, so we give vouchers to help people with their utilities, medicine, rent and other needs they might have,” said Johnson.
Johnson says this has been their biggest event of the year.