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DBU students raise funds to help hungry

Posted: 12/18/06

DBU students raise funds to help hungry

Dallas Baptist University students recently completed a Christmas food drive for Bro Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry in West Dallas, collecting more than 1,800 food items to benefit the West Dallas community ministry. 

The DBU Ministry Student Fellowship sponsored, organized and administered the food drive.

Baskets were strategically placed at 15 locations around the Dallas Baptist University campus. They were emptied periodically and their contents boxed and stored for delivery to Brother Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry grew out of West Dallas Baptist Church, where Bill Harrod served as pastor. Harrod led the church—now named Iglesia Bautista Harrod Memorial—to minister to physical needs in the community beginning in the 1950s.

The ministry’s Christmas outreach to children is its best-known program in the area, but Helping Hands also provides services—including food—to families throughout the year.

Helping Hands Ministry—a nonprofit ministry with an approved client list of more than 600 families—also plans to open a wellness clinic in the near future.

Suzanne Griffin, director of Helping Hands Ministry, first became acquainted with the ministry as a child when she visited it with her mother in the 1950s.

She worked as a volunteer at the ministry for many years and was named full-time director two years ago.  DBU has provided volunteers for Helping Hands Ministry for many years, said Joe Mosley, director of ministry students.

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