Whitesburg KY

Many elderly people depend on ECCO


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

But the fruit of the spirit is kindness. Galatians 5:22 NIV

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Hobert Elkins. Each month Hobert was usually the first in line at ECCO for pantry day. He always seemed delighted to receive whatever we were giving away each month. When leaving he would turn and say, “I thank ya’ll now.” We extend deepest sympathy to his family.

Hobert was 72 years old and among several of the elderly who receive food from ECCO’s pantry each month. About onehalf of the people who are eligible for our pantry program are the elderly in their 60s, 70s, or 80s. These are people who live alone and survive on an income of sometimes less then $600 per month. They are from the generation that seldom complains about their financial problems but just suffer in silence. Many times the elderly on a fixed income must make the decision to buy food or medicine. And of course there’s always a roof that leaks or a water heater goes out and the list goes on and on. These sort of repairs and expenses are impossible for people with so little income. Thanks to SWAP now working in our community, some of those needs will be met.

We enjoyed a cookout at Mark and Elizabeth’s along with Barb and Bill Watson. Also visiting from Chandler, Ariz., were Bill’s brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Marian Watson. Ernest is retired from military service and a former pilot. He also worked for Lockheed Air Craft. His wife, Marian, is a retired nurse. They spend much of their time traveling around the country. About every year or two they come to Whitesburg to visit family.

Thanks to the efforts of all the hardworking volunteers, much was accomplished on the new addition which will house our walk-in freezer and expand our thrift store space. ECCO housed two SWAP groups, one from the Green Village Church of God in Chambersburg, Penn., and the other a Presbyterian church from Louisville. With the additional space we were able to house 21 volunteers.

When I dropped by they were all in the new all-purpose room. Stephanie played the keyboard as they sang. I don’t know the name of the song, but the chorus was “they will know we are Christians by our love.” Just quietly listening to those young voices at the end of a busy and sometimes hectic day was like a healing balm to my spirit. Building this new room has been a bit of a challenge, but at that moment I knew it was all worthwhile.

The Eolia Park Committee met at ECCO and we were happy to have Linda Curry and our magistrate Bob Lewis to join us. The committee voted to buy a leaf blower and two swings.

Thought for the day: “Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewel Maggard:

“Hi, Seniors. Hope everyone had a wonderful week praising Jesus for his goodness. It’s so good how the Lord blesses us each day. It is such a blessing for me to receive a hug or smile from our seniors. It is such a joy to talk to them about the Lord.

“We were all so sad to hear about Hobert Elkins. He came to the center to get his lunch. The Sunday before he died he came to the Eolia Mission where I attend church and played his banjo and sang for us.

“The quilting ladies just finished a heart quilt.

“Carman and I took the seniors to the Good Friend Festival at Norton, Va., where we all had a fun time. The ladies won several prizes and they gave us a great lunch. We met seniors from Pound, Va., and made some new friends. “The people coming to our center are more active then usual. They are playing darts, coin toss, skip box and of course quilting. It’s such a joy to hear them laugh and enjoy themselves.

“Several seniors turned out for our potluck dinner. We were happy to have Pastor Roger Jones and wife Linda from the Rockvine Baptist Church join us and sing for the seniors. Everyone was so blessed by the beautiful music. Our potluck is the second Tuesday of each month; come and join us.

“Senior prayer list: Iona Scott, Lela Collier, Jean Hunsucker, Evert Maggard, Lucy Maggard.

“Read Psalm 48:1.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; buses will run. Call 633- 4948. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge Station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store open M-WF 10-2 and the first Saturday of each month by Shelly Foley from 12-2. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: The family of Hobert Elkins, Helen Chapman, Beth Hammond, Bear Hisson, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Sue Cook, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO “God bless.”

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