CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Assistance and Resources Ministry, A.R.M., is running low on donation money ahead of the holiday season, meanwhile their client reach has gradually increased.
A.R.M. is the largest non-profit food pantry in Carter County. Their business operates solely through donations and grant money. They also accept clothing donations. Their location includes a used clothes store to accommodate families of low income.
The company feeds approximate 700 families a month, including roughly 400 children.
A.R.M. creates 1,000 gift boxes for families during Thanksgiving time. But, this year they are asking for extra help in order to continue the tradition.
A.R.M. runs on a $90,000 budget year round. Even if they receive food donations, it is not a guarantee that they will not not have to buy other types of food that were not donated.
Though all donations are encouraged, monetary donations are the best form of contribution.
“We are down several thousand dollars a month and we have been eating away our reserves,” said Tim Ross, A.R.M board member.
If you would like to make a monetary donation you can visit this link.
A.R.M is also organizing two fundraising events. On October 27th, they will host a pancake breakfast at Applebees in Elizabethton from 8 to 10 a.m. The second fundraiser will be with ETSU Mandolin Orchestra on November 20th at 7pm at the first Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton.