Local church starts Foundation to help needy

ELIZABETHTOWN — During tough economic times, when there seems to be a lack of resources and plenty of un-met needs, the solution can be as easy as joining forces with like-minded persons. Well, that is what Greater Saint James FBH Church in Elizabethtown has decided to do.

Led by a motion to do more for the community, the pastor of Greater St. James FBH, Billy Thompson, decided it was time to start a charitable organization to help persons ranging from grade school age to senior citizens. As a result of a referral from Elizabethtown minister, William Moore, the pastor decided to retain the help of tax exempt developer David Pickett of Shallotte.

After a couple of phone conversations with Pickett, the tax exempt development specialist liked what he heard and agreed to take on the assignment of turning the church vision into reality. To say the least, the Internal Revenue Service recently approved Greater Saint James FBH Foundation, Inc. as a 501(c3) tax-exempt organization.

According to Betty Tolliver, the president and executive director of the organization, the non-profit will be providing mentoring, tutoring, and other educational enhancement services for grade age students. In addition, classes and workshops on exercise, fitness, and diet will be offered to youth, adults, and seniors. A food and clothing bank is also under development.

Both Pastor Thompson and Ms. Tolliver are looking forward to helping carry out the mission of the newly formed foundation: to improve the quality of life for persons in need. For anyone who would like to serve as a volunteer or would like to make a tax deductible contribution, call 910-876-0250. Non-financial and monetary gifts are welcomed.

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