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The Dinner Bell: May Blessings

The Dinner Bell, a ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, TX, had a lot on it’s plate Wednesday. Beside the weekly free community meal, now served grab-and-go due to social distancing, a group of young men had a donation to make.

Judy Gilreath with donors Charlie and Mason White, Marshal and Barrett Ingram. Also pictured is Natalie White. and Lauren and Preston Ingram.

Gentlemen from the White and Ingram families recently set up a lemonade stand in the Rockyridge neighborhood. They sold two flavors of lemonade and homemade chocolate chip cookies. They also accepted donations from friends and neighbors. Their combined donation to Dinner Bell was $136. Natalie White (pictured above) stated, “The boys knew from the beginning they wanted to donate to the Dinner Bell. They are just the best and sweetest boys.”

Dinner Bell Matron Judy Gilreath said, “The money will go to good use, I’m already planning next weeks menu.” Judy went on to say that she is currently having trouble finding enough meat to match demands. She had to cut her interview short to field a call from a restaurant supplier.

This weeks sponsor was on hand to help prepare and hand out meals.

The Community Partner for May 6 was Diversified Storage.

FUMC received a last minute donation of eggs and bathroom tissue. The goods were shared with participants as they drove, walked or bicycled through.


The mission of the Dinner Bell is to end hunger in Hopkins County. Fresh, hot, nutritious meals are prepared by volunteers each Wednesday and served to our guests in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Through the generous support of church and community members and corporate sponsors we have been able to serve over 20,000 meals to those in need since opening our kitchen in 2012.

If you or your business would like to sponsor a Dinner Bell meal, give them a call at 903.885.2185

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