A dozen members of North Lake Community Church, including the church’s pastor, Ron Keener, presented a check for $1,100 to Good Samaritan Ministries’ Direct Aid fund Thursday.

The money is the result of a fundraising effort the church is making to benefit Good Samaritan.The church’s goal is to raise $5,000 through the sale of small hand-made crosses church members are making out of plastic and ribbons. Church members have raised a total of $1,800 by selling the crosses outside area businesses including Walmart, United Supermarkets and Weakley-Watson.

“We don’t want you to go without,” Keener as GSM’s executive and associate directors, Leesa Stephens and Heather Thomas, prepared to accept the $1,100 check. “We don’t want Brown County to go without. We’re a church of servants, a church that is full of givers.” 

Stephens told the church members the church is an encouragement to the GSM staff.

Thomas thanked church members for being “the hands and feet of Christ” and putting actions to their words.

Church member Lana Carpenter said the group was selling the crosses outside Walmart recently and “people that donated said they were recipients of Good Samaritan and wanted to donate back.”

Stephens said GSM will focus this summer on the idea of “not just going to Good Samaritan or going to a Good Samaritan event, but that everyone has the opportunity to be a Good Samaritan. When we hear stories of our clients participating in this fundraiser, we recognize that we’re trying to empower our clients, empower the community, empower businesses in Brownwood to recognize the you, you, can be a Good Samaritan.”

Church members decided last year to raise $5,000 for GSM to make up for a reduction in county funds GSM is receiving this year.