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Helping Hand Ministry helps feed others with help of area deer hunters

Helping Hand Ministry helps feed others with help of area deer hunters

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 pm

With the 2012 deer season in full swing, there are those of you out there who are deer hunters that have been blessed more than others. What I mean in that statement is there are those hunters who have great success on harvesting deer each year, meeting their quotas and there are those who have a much more difficult time in harvesting just one deer.
If you are either one of those type hunters and are looking for someone to take your harvest off your hands, I have just the place for you.
The fine folks at the Obion County/Union City Helping Hand Ministry located right here in Union City is not only collecting clothes, furniture and other goods, they are now collecting meat — deer meat, as a matter of fact. They feel and have seen the need to help  feed people who are having hard times.
Going on their third year, this great organization has helped thousands in our area and now they want to help with food. Things aren’t the best economically around these parts and there is more and more of a need for food to feed local families. The local Helping Hand Ministry has been around a longtime doing what they do best, helping those who are in need in our city and county.
Helping Hand Ministry has a board of directors that helps with direction of the area ministry.
There are currently four members with the Rev. Jerry Leggett serving as president alongside the Rev. Stan Waldon, Marice Carroll and Ken Tosky. Also, the late Dale Bryant was a longtime and gracious volunteer as well as a board member at the Helping Hands Ministry, which was something he loved doing. He was one who has help make the ministry what it is today.
Leggett said by adding the deer meat giveaway, they are able to feed several people in the area, but it all depends on how much meat is donated.
The good thing about this program, it cost the hunter nothing after the deer is harvested. “If the deer hunter will just give us a call letting us know that they have a deer they are willing to donate, we will pay to have the deer processed and take it from there,” he said. “We have plenty of freezer storage to handle several pounds of meat and are ready for any donations we may receive.”
What you need to do is call the Helping Hand Ministry at 885-3924 and ask for Stacia McIntosh; she’s the manager and person in charge. Helping Hand Ministry is located at 430 North Miles Ave. in Union City and their hours of service of being open at their location is Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
This is one way we can help feed local people. Deer meat is very lean and good for you so, overall, this is a win/win situation for everyone. Please keep this in mind and I will continue to remind everyone each week about this program.
This time tomorrow, many will be reflecting on how their first day of the 2012-13 full duck season for both Reelfoot Lake and the Tennessee statewide season went on day one. Then there are 57 more days ahead to hunt. Hopefully the weather will get better with more rain and more in line for colder temps down the road.
Those of you who plan to hunt on Reelfoot Lake need to pay extra attention as I try to remind each of you due to low waters when navigating during the early morning hours each day until the lake waters come up later in the season.
Make sure you have good running lights which is a state law, a strong Q-Beam type light and reflectors on both the front and rear of the boat. Make sure you have a push pole, cell phone or some type of communications with you. It is also a good idea to travel in pairs, boats that is.
There is some good crappie fishing going on now on both Reelfoot and Kentucky lakes.
With Reelfoot Lake waters remaining low due to the lack of summer and fall rainfall, this has exposed lots of stumps and wood structures that are normally underwater with normal water levels on Reelfoot. Jigs have been best.
Water levels continue to be a problem for many in area lakes and rivers. Reelfoot Lake still remains at least 20 inches — if not more — below the normal pool level according to the USGS website.
I was looking back and from Jan. 1 til this date, we have had roughly around 33 inches of rainfall in our area. Since mid-June of this year to the present date, 21 inches of that has fallen.
Last year at this time, according The Messenger’s info, we had received just over 60 inches of rainfall. Average rainfall for this part of the country usually works out to be around 48 inches for the 365-day time period.
This part of the country is still dry and with not much rainfall predicted for the next couple of weeks as the extended forecast are calling for, but after that, we should see above normal precipitation well into February and maybe March.
The Paris-Henry County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be celebrating Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary and the Chapters own 40th Anniversary at its Annual Banquet being held Dec. 8 at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include an auction, silent auction, and a program recognizing the local chapters contributions over the years.
For more information, contact Bernie Sleadd at 731-336-0313 or tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the event.

Published in The Messenger 11.30.12

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