Accounts Payable Administrator Betty Beaty paid forward $500 to New Prospect Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Society.
Betty said, “We are a small church with a small congregation, but we have hands to help and hearts of gold. It is our mission to be servants of God and our goal to serve our community by giving our time, talent, and treasure.”
To that end, the Women’s Missionary Society has “adopted” Woodruff Manor, a senior living apartment complex, and ministers to and provides meals for residents throughout the year.
“We call them blessing bags,” said Betty, “and we go door to door distributing bags and encouraging residents with scripture or prayer if they desire.”
The $500 Pay it Forward donation will provide 100 to 150 blessing bags, depending on the project at the time.
The missionary group’s president, Mrs. Shirley Gilliam, said, “Our Women’s Missionary Society is dedicated to helping the community through God’s word, love, and work. We are self-supported financially and appreciate any donations that allow us to provide additional outreach opportunities.”
For more information or to get involved, call (864) 969-2776. Donations can be mailed to NPBC, Attn: Women’s Missionary Society, PO BOX 608 Woodruff, S.C. 29388
Betty adds, “The old adage is that it’s better to give than receive. When you give, it not only blesses those on the receiving end of our good deed, but I personally find a sense of joy and fulfillment knowing that I have contributed to the wellbeing of another human.”
Laurens Electric’s Pay It Forward program began in 2015.
Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose.
Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.
This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.