The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, Inc. held its second annual Charity Ball on March 7, 2013 at Stone Chimney Place in Supply. This prestigious event, themed “Diamonds and Denim” was attended by over 300 supporters and featured dinner, music, dancing, and a live auction.
Proceeds of this event benefited Matthew’s Ministry “Back pack program feeding hungry kids in Brunswick County”. A check in the amount of $20,000.00 was presented to Kristie Disbrow, Director of Matthew’s Ministry.
The Foundation expresses it’s gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, and businesses that made this event memorable and successful.
Matthew’s Ministry began in August 2010 when a teacher submitted a prayer request to a local Moms In Touch group. The prayer simply stated, “Please pray for a child in my class that does not have food at home to eat”. Kristie Disbrow, a local mom, went back to the teacher and asked if her family could donate food to help this child. She quickly learned that many children in the school did not have food at home. Kristie emailed friends, told them about this need and set a collection bin on her porch. Many donated food to this cause and teachers, social workers and guidance counselors distributed food to hungry children and their families.
More and more schools heard about this program and in December 2010, Matthew’s Ministry became a 501(3)(c) non- profit agency. Southport Realty graciously donated space in January 2011 to store food. A little red wagon was placed in the lobby and people could drop off donations of food that would then be distributed to hungry children in Brunswick County. Currently Matthew’s Ministry provides food to children at 11 different schools in Brunswick County and hopes to reach every school in the county by 2013. Teachers will tell you that the food is changing lives. There are less behavior problems, higher test scores and happier kids. It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in the life of a child.