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Lamp and Light Ministries Incorporated

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33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kari C.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The people are amazing and its wonderful that they take the time to care enough to volunteer and help others

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Sunday School class has volunteered there and served over 70 people supper. It was an awesome expierence. We were blessed as well as the people we fed. Our church collects food donations for Open Hands throughout the year. It is one of the ways God provides us to serve others. Open Hands is a wonderful organization and my prayer is that they would be able to continue to serve the community and show the love of Jesus Christ to the people who use their services.

Cheri7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership in the organization has mobilized all of the churches in our community to participate and pitch in to help our community. Everyone is welcome to contribute and volunteer and I have enjoyed working together with other Christians regardless of denomination. The experience has been such a blessing!

Donna126

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As an experienced charity worker and leader, I find this organization to be a life line to many residents in our community who need food to survive. The organization is professionally operated to enable anyone in need to food to obtain it when necessary. It is an excellent community servant in that it works well with other community entities both in supportive and receiving roles. Open Hands Pantry provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the importance of giving to others in need, as well as working as a volunteer to benefit others.

Kaylen C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I always feel really good about contributing to this cause. I know the food and items we give are going to be used right here in our own community and managed well. I also know people who have benefited at times when they needed these services. It is a wonderful group that brings together people from all over the community and serves our neighbors and friends in a loving, positive, and healthy way.

pangchiro

Donor

Rating: 5

Lamp & Light Ministries/Open Hands Food Pantry has been an important part of Anderson County outreach to those in need, as well as those who are blessed to volunteer and donate. David Montgomery has been an important asset to this ministry and he has the right heart and the right skills for this ministry. It's not easy, but the volunteers and donors have been integral in keeping this place running. They've helped so many families and individuals over the years. We highly recommend this nonprofit and will continue to support them throughout the years. ~ Arthur & Rebecca P.

Anne72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Hands Pantry is such a blessing to our community & takes care of so many! The ministry is just awesome & ran by God minded volunteers doing his work!

Barbara128

Donor

Rating: 5

Open Hands is a great ministry run by wonderful people .Our community is so blessed to have it .I have donated some but need to do more .I want to try to volunteer but I am babysitting right now . Plan on helping out as much as I can . So thankful for all the volunteers .

Summer S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Hands Pantry is such a blessing to so many in the community, including all the volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

open hands food pantry loves to help people in need. they go out of their way to make sure the needy has what they need and are satisfied when they leave. i love volunteering here because i love helping people and i love the way they pray for you and make you feel before leaving.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Open Hands food pantry has been a blessing to me in my time of need. The volunteers there are always so nice and helpful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Helping Hands Food Pantry. I volunteered there for a week, it was the best week of my life. The joy it was to serve the people in that area, and watch the faces when we gave them food. Not only did I get to serve but I prayed for 68 families and passed out prayer rocks. It was very touching to listen to their stories, and made me realize what a servant is all about. I would love to go back and spend some more time there. I believe each person in the Lawrenceburg area needs to volunteer at least one day to see the joy in people heart. This is what we are called to do. God Bless David for all he does to help the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help serve meals once a month at Open Hands with a group of people from different churches in our area. The building is fantastic, handicap accessible, and serves so many needs. The kitchen is fully equipped, with plenty of room to prepare and serve food. There is enough seating in the dining area for 80 or so people, including a highchair and booster seat. The pantry area keeps non-perishables, breads, fresh fruits, and vegetables on their numerous shelving units, and I've noticed deep freezers and refrigerators for essential perishable items. I know volunteers do deliver meals and groceries to those unable to leave their homes.

In my experience, the people who come are kind, warm, and grateful. They come from all different backgrounds, and ages. Many eat as though they haven't in a while, preferring meats and high fat foods to sustain them, especially in the winter. Open Hands fills an immense need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

God has definately blessed Lawrenceburg with the Pantry. It strives to meet the needs of the comunity with food, medical and dental services. The staff truly care about the people they serve. I know they work hard at what they do! The needs of the community continue to climb so the need for Open Hands continues to rise also. And they continue to look for ways to help this area. I wish I could give more of my time to volunteer there than I do.

1 billhoward

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my work with the Pantry, I can see how hard they work to make a little go a long way. Their goal is to make sure that the goods they receive get in the right hands and they do a great job meeting that goal. They leave an impressive mark on the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This ministry is a key part of our community by helping the less fortunate with food, medical and dental needs. The food pantry has been blessed with outstanding community support as the numbers of those we serve continues to grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

david, kim, debbie, and katie were extremly helpful thoughtful and considerate when assisting folks from the community here in anderson county. their sincerity and geniune affection for the community in which they have chosen to serve is evident in the conversations shared with individuals, who are diverse in their walk of life yet similar in their need for a hand up. keep up the excellent work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Anderson County Senior Center works closely with our Open Hands Food Pantry. Their volunteers are friendly, open to special requests, and work closely with clients to handle their needs. Our community is blessed to have this special resource. Times are tough. Many seniors have never had to use a food pantry, and they are always so pleased that their needs can be met so quickly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I have had the honor to partner with Open Hands for quite a while. The charity and compassion as well as long range vision that the pantry has in serving the community has enable us, Anderson Co. Recovery, to better sever the needs of our people. There is an outstanding spirit of excellence exemplified in the quality and commitment that each of the leaders and all of the volunteers have the creates a safe place in which people who have needs can feel loved and cared for. I and our ministry are delighted to serve with Open Hands for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have worked with the open hands food pantry since it openned. The need for it grows stronger each week. Our number of clients grows each week. Sometimes it is hard to have enough food to help those in need. Open Hands food bank is also working with the new free medical clinic and dental clinic. This organization is supported by our community. The director and volunteer staff work long days to help those in need.