Harrodsburg men's group collects shoes for Honduras

November 25, 2004|BOBBIE CURD

HARRODSBURG - The Men's Devotional Breakfast, a non-denominational group that has been meeting for several years, has heard a call for help and is delivering.

Sonny Norris, an Army veteran, has a granddaughter who took a mission trip to Honduras.

"This is her second trip to Honduras. By the time she returns home in December, she'll have been there for 120 days on this trip," Norris said about his granddaughter, Rachel.

Norris' granddaughter wrote him a letter about the kids in Honduras; how they were lacking in so many things that most of us take for granted.

She mentioned something to Norris that seemed to stick with him: "'Granddad, you should see these shoes that these little girls are wearing over here. You wouldn't believe it,' she said. And I came to breakfast with the group and told them about it. We decided to collect shoes to send over there," Norris said, smiling as he looked around the table.


Seated at the breakfast table at Granny's Diner were nine men, all with different backgrounds and religions, but all with a common goal: To help others in need.

"We talked to Harrodsburg Christian, and they've been so kind as to serve as a drop-off place for all the shoes. I've got about 200 pair in my basement right now. I think we've collected about 400 pair so far," said Walter Wayne.

"Ralph Anderson, the sheriff, is also going to help us out with this. He's going to put the call out to all county employees to bring any shoes they can donate by to the courthouse.

So hopefully we can get more help like this from other stand-up people in the community," Wayne added.

Wayne is one of the retired members of the group and is said to be the "motivating factor" behind the recent outreach they've been successful in organizing.

Sending kids to Camp Calvary

In addition to the collection of shoes, socks and cash to send to Honduras, the group has sent several area kids to Camp Calvary, a Christian camp in Mackville.

"We've worked closely with Vikki Preston. She's at Mercer County Elementary and works with underprivileged kids. She's helped us figure out who to sponsor to send to camp, and she makes sure they have what they need before they go, like clothes and shoes," Wayne said.

The outreach started during the morning breakfast meeting because of Wayne basically telling the group to put their money where their mouth is.

"He started putting a collection in the middle of the table when we met," said Waldon Adkison, "and we started calling him 'money bags.'

Then we started matching it and decided to donate it to local churches, and then got the idea about sending the kids to camp.

He's really motivated us to keep on the ball with the outreach."

Wayne smiled when asked how he motivates the group so well. "That just really means I talk too much," he said.

The group always meets at Granny's but varies in attendance from about six to 10 men every Thursday. Of the nine men present a a recent meeting, one is a retired minister and one is a minister of recreation for a local church, one is retired from IBM, there's a retired publisher and a retired insurance worker, and a couple of veterans.

"We don't discriminate," Jim Rowe, another member, said, "... not against religions or anything else. We've even had ladies come to the breakfast. Anyone who wants to can come and pray, eat breakfast and have a good time."

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