WAYLAND – A group of Floyd County citizens have joined together to feed a need they feel is lacking in their community of Left Beaver Creek. Acts of Kindness is a non-profit organization that filed its paperwork on August 4 to become an official food pantry for the area of Left Beaver and Wayland.
“We want to serve the individuals in our community, however, if someone is hungry they will not be turned away as long as there is food to be given away,” said Pam Caudill, assistant administrator for Acts of Kindness.
The idea for Acts of Kindness started with a conversation among friends. Kathy Smith, of Wayland, a retired Floyd County teacher, serves as the organization’s administrator. The group worked with other local food pantries and decided it would like to help individuals in the Left Beaver community. The ladies approached several individuals, including Floyd County Assistant County Attorney Tyler Green, to form a board of directors. Currently, 10 individuals serve on the board: Tyler Green, Brittany Howard, Kathy Smith, Pam Caudill, Phillip Caudill, Brian Ratliff, Sue Hall, Destiny Neece, Samantha Caudill and Heather Hall.
“I serve as the city attorney for Wayland and when I was approached about being on the board for the food pantry I was excited to be a part of something that is needed in the community and has the potential to help so many citizens in the Left Beaver Community,” said Green.
The group will operate out of the senior citizens office in Wayland until it has established a permanent location. It is hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the food pantry of Wayland. The fundraising dinner will be served at the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We must pull together as a community because everyone has seen rough times at some point in life,” said Caudill. “This is not a handout, it is a hand up. If you need food for yourself or your family don’t hesitate to call one of us. We will give out emergency food baskets for those who need them. Whatever the need, we will try our best to help – and if we can’t, we will get the information of someone who can.”
The organization has applied to receive food from God’s Appalachian Pantry located in Lexington. The organization brings items to Floyd County every month and local food pantries share the resources.
The goal at this time is to officially be running and giving out food by the third Saturday of September. The local organization hopes to give out baskets to local families once a month with emergency baskets available on an as needed basis.
According to officials with the organization, they are currently discussing a partnership with Operation Sharing, an organization run through the Big Sandy Community Action Program.
Acts of Kindness take monetary donations as well as food items. Anyone making a donation will receive a receipt as well as tax credit. To volunteer with Acts of Kindness or to reserve a fundraising dinner delivery, contact Kathy Smith at 606-358-9873 or Pam and Phillip Caudill at 606-369-7090.
“Without volunteers we can’t make this happen,” Pam Caudill added. “Working together, we can make Wayland and Left Beaver a better place to live.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.