Brookhaven Outreach Ministries needs volunteers to help move

Published 10:21 am Thursday, February 2, 2017

An organization that serves as a helping hand to those less fortunate in the community needs a few helping hands itself.

Brookhaven Outreach Ministries needs volunteers today until 4 p.m. and again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to move all the contents of the warehouse at 101 East Court St. to its new facility less than two blocks away at 218 West Court St.

Ministry President Jerry Durr said they have had some much-appreciated response to their recent call for help from the community — but not enough. At the same time they’re moving, they’ve been filling two semi-trailer Walmart trucks with donations to victims of recent storms and tornadoes in Lauderdale and Hattiesburg.

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For both of these efforts the ministry needs helping hands, Durr said. Specifically, they need gloved hands to help pack, carry and move items.

What they don’t need, however, is more donations right now.  They don’t have any place to store it. “We’re asking that people please don’t drop off anything until the transition is completed,” Durr said.

In addition, Durr said the ministry will no longer accept donations of any type of furniture since they won’t have room in the new facility for it. They’ll accept referrals, though, and Durr hopes the ministry will be able to connect willing donors of furniture with people who need the items.

Brookhaven Outreach Ministries is a community effort to provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor and suffering in the Brookhaven area. It operates a food distribution center, a 20-bed emergency shelter and a thrift store. 

For more information, contact Durr at 601-757-7295.