Many of you read the fine article by my good friend Darrell Huckaby in the Nov. 14 issue of the Citizen concerning the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, located on Turner Lake Circle in Covington.
Last week alone, more than 70 men, women and children were housed at the shelter and over 40 percent of them were from Rockdale County!
Two weeks ago, Mr. Ronnie Johnston, mayor of the city of Covington, set up an account at Newton Federal Bank in Covington to help pay for the shelter's utility bills, which amount to more than $5,000 per month. More than $15,000 was received to benefit the shelter in only two days from the caring people of Newton County.
My mother, Mary Frances Cowan Ramsey, was a native of Conyers. I have come to know many of the great people of Rockdale County through her, and also in my role as chairman of the board of Salem Camp Ground.
The Rev. Clara Lett, director of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, has the responsibility of the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. At this Thanksgiving season, I am so grateful for someone like Rev. Lett, who is willing to lead this great ministry. Since so many of the people served are Rockdale citizens, please help us keep this mission of mercy open.
Rockdale County citizens, I know you will want to help! Please go by any BB&T Bank Conyers branch: 1887 Ga. Highway 20, 940 S. Main St., or 2405 Salem Road and contribute to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter Fund. You may also go to www.rainbowcommunityctr.org to make donations by credit card. All donations are tax-deductible.
As a member of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter board of trustees, I know the great need. Helping this ministry is one of the best Christmas gifts that you could give.
Darrell Huckaby and I would be forever in your debt.
-- Sam Ramsey,
Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter