Union Parish businesses come together for local effort
During normal, non-crisis times, in every community in every parish in Louisiana and every community in every county around the United States, there will always be those in need. It is the duty of the citizens of those communities to make sure those in need are not overlooked.
However, during times of crisis and emergency, the number of those in need will inevitably multiply. The COVID-19 Pandemic has exponentially increased the number of those in Union Parish and surrounding communities who are in need and extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
The Karl Malone Foundation for Kids, along with family and local partners have stepped up in a big way to help the evergrowing number of those who are going without basic necessities.
The Foundation and partners will host a major food distribution for needy residents of Union Parish beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. When asked why he decided to put this project into motion Malone said, “Why not? Seriously, why not? This is what you do when there is a need.”
Preparations have been under way for distribution of perishable and non-perishable goods to be distributed at Malone Trucking, located at 190 Union Road in Farmerville.
There will be local law enforcement directing traffic and vehicles will be routed through the facility where volunteers will put a package of food in the vehicle. Those receiving the food will not need to exit their vehicle.
Staples such as bread, canned meat, vegetables, potatoes, fruit, water and chicken will be distributed.
Stay at home orders from government officials have caused many to lose time at work, wages, and in many cases jobs. Malone saw the need and decided to act and do his part during this crisis. “This too will pass,” said Malone, “we all come together in times of death, disasters and tragedies. We attempt to have that same servant heart and do good deeds like this.”
Malone encourages others to look around and reach out to those in need and do what you can for the communities in our area. “When it comes to these situations, lead, follow or get the hell out of the way,” Malone said, laughing. “These are things that just need to get done.”
Everyone is encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, practice good hygiene and follow CDC guidance to protect your health. And within those guidelines, do what you can to help others.
Any business wishing to partner with the Malone family can reach out to The Gazette via Facebook or by calling or texting the Gazette office at 318.368.9732. Information will follow next week with all of the partners for this event.