“Why I Give”

Dr. Louis and Alison HarkeyBy Lifting Others

We first became aware of Stewpot through our church, St. James’ Episcopal Church. St. James’ has always been a large supporter and advocate of Stewpot throughout the years. Both Louis and I served on the Vestry of St. James’ and I served as both Junior and Senior Warden. In those leadership positions we became intimately aware of how dependent Stewpot is on donations from both churches and individuals. We also learned about all of the very necessary services Stewpot provides to the neediest in our community.

St James’ also plays a role in providing volunteers to serve in various capacities at Stewpot. We have served lunch on numerous occasions and helped with the annual Stewpot Christmas Party. We have also donated to the clothes closet and other aspects of Stewpot ministries. Some of our children (we have 4 and honestly I can’t remember who volunteered – it may just have been our oldest daughter) also volunteered at the summer camp which we have also supported financially.

I was a member of the Junior League of Jackson and lead a group who planned and installed landscaping around the teen center at Stewpot. (Not sure if it is still there!!).

We give to Stewpot because we believe it provides an invaluable service to the least fortunate of our Jackson residents. We give because we believe we are called to do so by the Gospel. We give because we have the resources to do so and believe that “to whom much is given, much is required”. We give because we believe Stewpot makes an enormous difference in the lives of Jackson residents.A L Harkey 2017