Resurrections is a helping hands ministry that hosts a lunch every Saturday in downtown Columbia, offering a hot meal and welcoming environment to those in need. Southeastern Freight Lines, a regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider headquartered in nearby Lexington, will partner throughout the year to feed Columbia’s homeless and hungry.
Resurrections, a non-profit organization, is supported entirely through donations and volunteer staff and hosts the weekly Saturday lunches at the Kelly Suggs Law Center in downtown Columbia. Without Resurrections and the donations of time, money and food from the Columbia community and companies like Southeastern, the homeless in downtown Columbia would have no consistent place to eat on Saturday.
“Our lunches are truly an effort of the community to help the community,” said Larry Nichols, director at Resurrections. “The efforts of Southeastern have been a true blessing to Resurrections and those we serve. Southeastern’s culture of community service and commitment by employees to the communities they serve is something they live in both word and action, and to see this company spirit flourish at our Saturday lunches has been truly remarkable and rare.”
Resurrections provides a full meal with hot dogs, fruit, chips, cookies, drinks and other food that is often homemade by volunteers, every Saturday, rain or shine, even on holidays. “Those we serve often tell us that if we were not there, they would not eat,” added Nichols.
“Southeastern is humbled to support the Columbia local community by partnering with this generous organization,” said Mike Heaton, a senior vice president at Southeastern Freight Lines. “Resurrections is a natural fit with the service culture we strive for at Southeastern in everything we do, and the Resurrections mission is the perfect opportunity for us to give back for the many blessings we have as individuals and as a company. We encourage other area businesses to learn more about the Resurrections ministry and opportunities for support.”
Resurrections serves hot dogs on Saturdays to Columbia’s homeless and hungry when traditional soup kitchens are closed. Each Saturday, Resurrections serves between 125 and 250 meals. Resurrections accepts donations of time, money or food from the community to make these lunches possible. One hundred percent of funds go directly to support this community effort with no paid volunteers.