KING WILLIAM – Last fall Good Karma collected enough donations to fill 270 food boxes with meals for local families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This year the organization is hoping to do even more.
“Our goal this year is to add about 50 boxes, making it over 300,” said Lisa Woody, one of the founders of Good Karma, a non-profit that serves King William County and the surrounding areas. “We think we can do it. It’s really nice to see how the whole community comes together. We started out almost four years ago with only 25 boxes and it has continued to grow year after year.”
Good Karma was established in early 2010 by a group of friends and family mostly from King William and is designed to lend a hand to those who have fallen on hard times.
Over the last few years the group has partnered with multiple churches, King William Social Services, and groups at King William County Public Schools.
“It’s a huge network of people that make it all work,” Woody said. “The schools have become huge as far as helping us.”
Collections for the holiday season typically begin in mid-October and this year is no different.
Donations are currently being collected at the Food Lion stores located at Central Garage and the Town of West Point.
Volunteers will also be collecting non-perishable food donations at the Homecoming football game at King William High School Friday, Oct. 18, as well as Senior Night at the same field on Oct. 25.
The group is currently accepting applications from families in need. Applications are available at Social Services and several churches in the upper portion of the county.
Applications for the Thanksgiving drive are due by Nov. 2 and are due by Dec. 7 for Christmas.
Residents in King William, King & Queen, and Hanover counties are welcome to apply.
Woody said the group is especially thankful to Hebron Baptist Church in Mangohick, which allows Good Karma to store the donations and also pack and distribute the boxes from the church each year.
“There is an overwhelming amount of people that need help and so many will not ask for it,” Woody said. “We’ve all been on that page. It can happen at any time to any of us. It’s important to help those people and the hope is that if you were every in that situation someone would help you.”
“Our motto is ‘what goes around, comes around.’ It’s not about what you get out of something, it’s what you can give,” Woody added. “Small things, people don’t forget that.”
Good Karma is involved in multiple projects throughout the year, collecting school supplies, clothing, and helping families pay utility bills or delivering loads of wood for heat.
Woody said some of the people that have benefited have returned to volunteer with the organization, helping their neighbor.
“One of the biggest rewards has been all of the children we have been able to help,” Wood said. “We’ve been so blessed to be able to help so many people.”
For more information or an application, contact Good Karma volunteers Jetty Henry at 804-370-4952 or Lisa Woody at 804-994-8742. Applications are also available at King William Social Services at 804-769-4905 or email the Tidewater Review at email@example.com.
Hubbard can be reached by phone at 804-885-0042