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February 24, 2020

   Carolyn McWhirter and Dottie Cobb

It was a rainy Tuesday morning in Pontotoc. Those of us who were out and about would have preferred to be home where we could stay dry and warm.  

But Carolyn McWhirter and Dottie Cobb were more than happy to be stationed at the Pontotoc County Food Pantry, ready to provide anyone in need with a box of food and a friendly smile. 
These ladies are from Friendship Baptist Church in Ecru, which is one of several churches whose volunteers run the food pantry. Located in the back part of the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce, the pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Carolyn McWhirter enjoys volunteering at the Pontotoc County Food Pantry. (Dottie opted out of a photo.) 

Dottie and Carolyn appreciate the opportunity to serve others and are especially touched by the gratitude shown by the clients. They recalled one particular case when a woman had hit on hard times due to medical bills, causing her to need the food pantry for the first time. She didn't like being in a situation where she had to receive a hand-out, so she promised to pay it forward when she got back on her feet. And she did. She returned to the food pantry as a volunteer.

Listening to these ladies talk about their work as volunteers was uplifting and inspiring - and absolutely delightful. They epitomize an often-used quote: "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

Thank you, Dottie and Carolyn, for helping make the Pontotoc Food Pantry a success!


Memory's Magical Dresses will have their second (and last) giveway on Saturday, February 29, at the Mall at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo. They are looking for volunteers to work 2-hour shifts. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Volunteering takes many shapes. If you love the idea of doing for others but do not see a volunteer opportunity posted by one of our nonprofits that suits your fancy, check out some ideas for independent volunteer projects here.

If you've ever wanted to be a part of the wish-granting team of Make-A-Wish Mid-South, plan to attend their training session in Corinth on
April 5. Click
here for more information.

Tupelo's largest serve day, 10 for Tupelo, will be held on March 21. It's a day set aside to beautify the community, learn about nonprofits and other volunteer opportunities, and have fun! For more information and to sign up, click here.

Go to our online volunteer hub to see even more volunteer opportunities!

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- Agape Health Services
- A.M.E.N., Inc.
- American Red Cross of
 North Mississippi

- Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Clinic
- Autism Center of North

- Baldwyn FUMC Food Pantry
- Banah Pregnancy Testing 

- Belmont UMC Community    
  Food Pantry

- Big Brothers Big Sisters of
  Northeast Mississippi

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Booneville/Prentiss County

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  North Mississippi

- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Northeast Mississippi 

- Cami Jo Cares
- CATCH Kids, Inc.
- Child on a Mission
- Churches United Food Depot
  of Pontotoc County

- City of Oxford - Recycling
- Comfort Creatures of   
  Northeast Mississippi

- Corinth-Alcorn Animal

- CREATE Foundation
- El Centro
- Empowering Our Girls
- English as a Second

- EXCEL, Inc.
- F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry
- Faith Haven
- Family Resource Center of
  North Mississippi

- Food Depot of Tishomingo

- For the Love of Paws Corp
- Fulton UM Church Food

- Girl Scouts Heart of the

- GumTree Museum of Art
- Helpful Samaritan Food 

- Helping Hands Food Pantry
 and Clothes Closet

- Helping Hands - Helping Homeless
- Hope Unbridled
- Itawamba Crossroads Ranch
- Keep Tupelo Beautiful
- Lee County 4-H
- Life Choices Pregnancy Care

- Life Saver Empowering Girls
- Magnolia Foundation
- Make-A-Wish Mid-South
- Meals on Wheels
- Memory's Magical Dresses
- Mississippi State Department
 of Health

- Mississippi United to End
  Homelessness (MUTEH)

- National Council on Alcohol
  & Drug Dependency

- NextAge Mississippi
- North Mississippi Kidney

- Northeast Mississippi Habitat
 for Humanity

- Oren Dunn City Museum
- Oxford Film Festival
- Parkgate Health Services
- Pontotoc Habitat for

- Reconnect 4 Autism
- Regional Rehabilitation

- SAFE, Inc.
- Saints' Brew
- Sally Kate Winters Family

- Salvation Army of Houston
- Salvation Army of Pontotoc
- Salvation Army of Tupelo
- Sanctuary Hospice
- Second Chances Animal

- Shepherd's Center of
 Greater Tupelo

- Southerncare Hospice
- Special Education and Handicap Bowling Association
- St. Luke Food Pantry
- Talbot House
- The Arc of Northeast

- The Refuge Foster Care

- Tippah Co. Good Samaritan

- Tishomingo Co. Historical &
 Genealogical Society

- Tree of Life Free Clinic
- Tupelo Community Theatre
- Tupelo Housing Authority
- Tupelo Lee Humane Society
- Tupelo/Lee Hunger Coalition
- Tupelo Lions Club
- Tupelo Misfits Leo Club
- Union County Good

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