Love from ‘STEW’-art


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Dale May and Jack May look on as Benny May and Kevin May tend the cookers full of Brunswick Stew at the Stewart Fire Department.

Once a month, this group gets together for a time of prayer and a great breakfast.

The Stewart Community Men’s Brotherhood meets once a month for Prayer Breakfast at one of four churches in the area for a time of food, fellowship and devotion. The men from the host church will prepare breakfast, including scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits, sausage gravy and every good thing. Apparently, you will not find a breakfast casserole at the buffet. More than one wife has been informed “that’s not a guy thing.”
Men from throughout the community are invited to join the fun at 7 a.m. on the first Sunday morning each month before regular church services. Members are part of Stewart Baptist Church, Tri-County Baptist Church, Pine Forest Baptist Church and Poplar Creek Nations Baptist Church. The men from the host church arrive at the church kitchen at about 5 a.m. the morning of the breakfast.

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#MONDAYMISSIONS ‘Gifts of Love’ can make all the difference


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Karen Collins with some of the donations to the Gifts of Love project this year. (Photo submitted)

A stuffed animal or a warm blanket can mean so much to a child or an elderly person in difficult circumstances. Sometimes, a Gift of Love is just the thing.

Gifts of Love is a mission project started by Karen Collins of Stewart. For the past two years, Collins has collected blankets and toys from the community and has been able to distribute items to families in need after a house fire, after a tornado, and other disasters happening to residents in Montgomery and Webster Counties. She also works with Winona Manor Nursing Home and Mission Hope Ministries in Montgomery County, as well as Golden Living Nursing Home and a school or church in Webster County. Donations may also be dropped off at Ann’s Flowers and Crafts in Stewart. Continue reading

I love these people…more photos from the benefit


Thank you Verita Hathcock for the gallery of photos she took at the benefit in Stewart for me two weeks ago…I just love these people! Thank you so much Verita!

Gifts of Love event set for tonight


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Be sure to stop by the Stewart Fire Department today from 5-7 p.m. to share a few “Gifts of Love” with needy children and elderly residents of the community.

“I work with kids everyday so I know there is a need in Webster County as well as Montgomery County,”  said Karen Collins, project director for Gifts of Love. “And as far the elderly, they just want ’love’ and to know the are wrapped up in a blanket you gave out of love is an awesome feeling.” Continue reading

Gifts of Love collection set for TONIGHT


1903253_727664747286103_1167183999_nLast month, your donations to Gifts of Love allowed the group to donate 15 blankets to the tornado victims in the  Louisville area.”Thanks to everyone who has given,” said Karen Collins of Gifts of Love. “You never know when something tragic will happen or when it may be you in need!”Collins will be at the Stewart Fire Department from 5-7 p.m. TONIGHT to collect blankets and toys for those in need.

According to the Mississippi Kids Count data for Webster County, 21.5 percent of the county’s population live below the poverty level, and of the population of people from ages 0-18, 32 percent live in poverty. Continue reading

‘Gifts of Love’ can make all the difference in a time of crisis


1903253_727664747286103_1167183999_nSometimes, a warm blanket or a stuffed animal can make all the difference to someone in need.

According to the Mississippi Kids Count data for Webster County, 21.5 percent of the county’s population live below the poverty level, and of the population of people from ages 0-18, 32 percent live in poverty.

“There is a great need right here in Webster County — it’s mind-boggling,” said Freda Jones, county director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Webster County. “A lot of time, we have kids that are transported to different places due to abuse or other situations and many times they have to go without any belonging. To have anything, like a blanket or a stuffed animal to call their own, is so important. There are so many children right here in Webster County that have great needs.”

Karen Collins works as the office secretary at Eupora Elementary School, and on a day-to-day basis, the needs of the community are evident in lots of little faces. Continue reading