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God calls local woman to lend a hand
Blanket give-away and free meal set for Nov. 14
Tastha Walker Web
Tatasha Walker

With a little help from the community, Statesboro newcomer Tatasha Walker plans to give away blankets and a free, hot meal to those in need.

Walker has set the giveaway event and meal for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Luetta Moore Park in Statesboro. The blanket drive is ongoing and the community is invited to drop new blankets off at Wells Fargo on Northside Drive East or the Statesboro Herald Office on Proctor Street. Volunteers are also needed to provide a covered dish for the event or donate money for paper goods.

When asked what motivated her to organize the event, Walker had one simple answer: “God led me to do this.”

A resident of Statesboro for barely two years, Walker visited Agape Family Worship Center and heard a message from the pastor that she couldn’t seem to shake.

“Pastor Donald Chavers spoke about using your life to be a blessing. He said, ‘It’s not about you. You were put here for a purpose. To do the will of God.’

“That night,” Walker continued, “I couldn’t go to sleep. I tossed and turned. I asked God, ‘What do you want me to do?’

“Two days later, God told me exactly what he wanted me to do. I got a pen and wrote everything down.”

That was the beginning of her inspiration, but next came the questions and fears and doubts.

With just a little chuckle, Walker said, “I asked God, ‘Why do you want me to do this? I hardly know anyone here. I don’t even know any homeless people. How am I going to get this food? I only work part time; I can barely feed myself.”

She knew, however, she wanted to be obedient to God and decided to take action. “I’m gonna have to make myself get out there and talk to people,” Walker admitted that she said to herself. “And it just grew from there.”

Those she talked to were quick to say they were in or would donate.

Walker added that she’s not really a religious person, but with community response to her idea, she noted, “In the last month, my faith has skyrocketed. God has shown me the kindness of strangers.”

He’s opened other doors for her, too, she said. When delivering an announcement about the event, she secured the volunteer services of Pastor Bernard Scott and others from his church, Berryville Missionary Baptist Church of Clyo, Georgia. The church will use their gifts of street ministry to pray, sing and share with those who attend.

Placing an ad in a laundromat, Walker shared her idea with a gentleman there. “He said to me, ‘This is gonna be bigger than you think. God is moving. He is doing something, and He is going to use you.’ When he handed me his card, it turns out he was a minister.”

City Councilman Gary Lewis was instrumental in securing the facility for the event.

Others besides the ones mentioned above who have stepped up to provide for the homeless and needy of the community, thus far, are Brooklet’s Creative Kids, Ryan’s Restaurant, Brooklet IGA, Food World, Coca Cola, Subway, Red Boar BBQ and Uncle Shug’s BBQ of Brooklet, Valero, Zip-N-Go, Hairland Beauty Supply and the Statesboro Herald.

When Walker shared that she had to get out of her comfort zone to speak to others about participating in the event, one speaking engagement especially touched her heart.

“I was invited to talk at the Brooklet Jerusalem A.M.E. Church,” Walker said. “After telling about the event, I asked if anybody wanted to make a covered dish or come out and help. The first woman who stood up said, ‘I’m homeless. I’d like to volunteer.”

Walker said the woman approached her afterwards, gave her a hug and said, “You just don’t know what this means to me to know that somebody cares.”

 With that acknowledgment, Walker said she whispered, “Now I know, God. I know why you want me to do this.”

Call Walker at (912) 601-0233 to volunteer, donate or get more information.

 

 

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