As a favorite television neighbor of countless American children, Fred Rodgers had the ability to look through the darkest clouds of tragedies and see pinholes of light. To comfort people in times of strife he said: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
Kiser Harriss was approached by a group of these helpers. Gaston County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck contacted John Kiser and asked if we could help one of our area’s valuable resources during this crisis; Gaston Faith Community. Gaston Faith Community is a task force, founded by Austin Rammell and John McCullough, and composed of local churches and pastors. It has been created with the purpose of communicating needs and concerns of the church communities with the county and as a means for the county to provide support back to the churches and their congregations. These churches are then able to serve and supply their communities with necessities. Gaston Faith Community is being supplied food to distribute by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. We at Kiser Harriss are honored to have been approached by Commissioner Philbeck to provide some logistical support for this project. Our team will have delivered four loads of food to the Gaston Faith Community from the food bank before Good Friday. These fantastic people are braving a pandemic, risking their own well-being, to provide food to those hardest hit in our community. We are proud to be able to assist their mission. We are also proud of our drivers and managers who have been the closest points of contact with this project. They are helpers in the best sense. We always close our meetings with these three short directions, but they seem even more appropriate right now. Thank you. Stay focused. Be safe. During the year of 2020 we donated the services of our fleet to deliver over 75 truckloads of free food to our community.