Connection Church gives back

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

For the third consecutive year, Connection Church in Wallburg hosted the “Big Give” at Ledford High School on Saturday.

Its annual community service project event helps to meet the needs of area students who need school supplies. The number of supplies collected at this year's event have yet to be totaled, but the help from Connection Church is no small gesture.

Last year's event provided over 1,300 new book bags to families who cannot afford them. More than 20,000 cans of food, two semi-truck loads of clothes, toys, diapers, wipes, formula and other baby items were also given away in 2013.

According to Brent McDowell, director of Connection Church’s outreach, the event helped more than 2,500 community residents.

“The Big Give Event is an opportunity to give back to the community by reaching out to those that may be struggling, or may have hit a bump in the road and simply need a little encouragement,” said McDowell.

The large group of people on hand for the Big Give event not only helped to provide invaluable supplies for the less fortunate in Thomasville, but also benefitted from goods and services provided by the church. Volunteers served hot dogs and bottles of water throughout the day, while free haircuts and diabetes screenings were offered for the first time at this year's event.

Ledford High School also serves as the current Sunday worship location for the church, which is in the midst of a building project on Motsinger Road in Wallburg. The Big Give is a means by which Connection Church’s lead pastor Scott Newton hopes to facilitate relationships between Connection Church and fellow area churches.

“This endeavor isn’t just about those who come to our church, it’s much bigger than that,” Newton said. “We invite all churches, businesses, community leaders and caring residents of our area to join us in blessing thousands. Our constituents are a little different in that we don’t see ourselves as 'owning' this event; we simply see ourselves as facilitators of a community endeavor that will enable anyone that wants to make a difference and help out to do so.”

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Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3578, or at