Greensboro Urban Ministry Launches 22nd Feast of Caring

9:05 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Urban Ministry launched its 22nd Feast of Caring Thursday night, in an effort to kick off another fundraising year and commemorate the 25th anniversary of a local artist's not-for-profit business operation.

The Feast of Caring was held from  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on W Friendly Avenue in Greensboro. Attendees received a free bowl of soup-chosen among 10 different batches donated by local restaurants. For a minimum $25 donation, an attendee could receive one of two items--a piece of pottery made from local artists or five holiday honor cards made by William Mangum. Mangum's book also is available for sale.

WFMY News 2 featured Mangum in a Made in the Triad story. He has been making holiday cards since he formed a friendship with a homeless man in 1988. Each card depicts a location within the city of Greensboro.  In each scene, a homeless individual is present. Greensboro Urban Ministry executive director, Rev. Mike Aiken, said the cards are a means of representing those in our community who reach out to help people in need. Mangum is scheduled to speak at Feast of Caring about his story.

 Aiken said this is a critical time in which Urban Ministry needs donations, especially as the organization begins preparing its emergency winter shelters and continuing to counter the roll out of effects from food stamp delays.

Aiken said "By providing these individuals with the assistance they need, we seek to return them to stability and self-sufficiency, equipping them with the skills needed to prevent future crisis."

Urban Ministry head chef Darrell Campbell attests to the importance of community support.  Formerly homeless, he said he was able to turn his life around with the help of the organization and community members who believed in him.

WFMY News 2