Benefit concert for Leesburg food pantry


There will be a benefit concert for the Friendly Village Community Center Food Pantry in Leesburg on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Leesburg United Methodist Church.

A freewill offering will be taken and 100 percent of the donations will go to the food pantry.

The music will be a selection of southern gospel and praise and worship songs. The 4-Given Quartet, a ministry of the Leesburg United Methodist Church, will open the evening. The quartet features Ike Hodson, John Welling, Linda Johnson, and Rick Priest, all from Leesburg. Also singing will be Eric and Candace Baker, worship leaders from Hillsboro who have ministered at many churches over the years including the Leesburg United Methodist Church, Promiseland Church in Loveland, The Bridge in Mt. Orab, Carpenters House of Prayer in Hillsboro, Sinking Spring Community Church, Good Shepherd Church in Greenfield and Victory Tabernacle in Franklin.

As a special treat for children, the Singing Puppets, will be singing some upbeat songs that are sure to please.

The Friendly Village Community Center began operation at its current location on Fairfield Street in August of 2009 and is now under the direction of Jeanetta Turner. Turner says that the center provides basic foods for approximately 70 families per month from the Leesburg area. In addition to providing food, the center also spearheads the Adopt-A-Child for Christmas program in Leesburg. Funding for the center comes from local churches, civic organizations and individual donations.

“We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community,” Turner said.

Submitted by Kathy Huff.