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John McCurry Is This Week's Hometown Hero

This pandemic is not stopping people from showing a little kindness. Our Hometown Hero this week takes us to Hopkins County, where one man is on a mission to help his neighbors.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 12:30 AM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:03 AM

This pandemic is not stopping people from showing a little kindness.

Our Hometown Hero this week takes us to Hopkins County, where one man is on a mission to help his neighbors.

"It is very moving in my heart," says John McCurry.

Sometimes it's easy to take the most basic necessities for granted.

"Whenever we have, we get up in the morning and we have a meal we're very blessed," says McCurry.

But it's inside the doors of Breaking Bread Ministry in Madisonville, where no one goes home hungry.

The mission is simple: serving groceries to families in need.

"There's been a lot of people that have once had a good job, now don't have, and they find themselves in a different situation than maybe before so we're seeing new people come," says McCurry.

John McCurry started the outreach in 20-12 serving more than 41 thousand meals and counting.

"So somewhere between 700 to a 1,000 people were sending groceries home to every month," says McCurry.

Every third Saturday of the month a community becomes family.

"We hear some hardship stories and so we just try to do our best to comfort them and to help them," says McCurry.

Since the pandemic, some changes had to be made including asking people to wait outside in their cars to pick up food.

The number of volunteers is currently limited as well.

In normal times, McCurry's Breaking Bread Ministry would serve hot meals inside inclusing to the youngest of us.

The outreach is able to buy groceries with the help of funds from other organization and other charities all of which help each other out.

"It is very rewarding to think whenever we get done doing this on our particular Saturday that we've helped someone," says McCurry.

Sometimes all it takes is a bright idea, a big heart, and a helping hand to change someones life for the better.

"There is always a place, a means, to be able to help," says McCurry.

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