Erika Armstrong was doing community service on her own for many years, before she expanded her efforts and brought a few friends aboard to help with the needs of the community of Hope.
Erika Armstrong was doing community service on her own for many years, before she expanded her efforts and brought a few friends aboard to help with the needs of the community of Hope. The group, Brothers and Sisters United, began in 2011 as a Relay for Life team. “The people who have come together to help people are from all different organizations, including civic clubs, sororities, and school organizations,” Armstrong said. “ It's our duty to our community to serve it.” Besides the Relay for Life team, the group has hosted two voter registration drives, which resulted in 60-70 registrations. The group's latest effort was feeding 66 people at Thanksgiving. “Our goal was serving 50 people, and we far exceeded that number,” Armstrong said. “We were pleased that we could reach the people who really needed the food. We served the meals the Saturday before Thanksgiving. “We try to stay abreast of town happenings, also,” she said. “Sometimes, when there is an issue that we need to pay attention to; we attend the Hope School Board meeting. We also work with the Yerger Museum Committee, to see what we can do as far as opening the facility is concerned. “We have contributors who have helped us tremendously in the past,” Armstrong said. “David Walker, who owns Elleck's Barber Shop, has allowed us to set up on his property for the voter registration drives. Flenory Event Center has also been very generous to us because they have let us set up what we need to set up, and they don't charge us. We used their kitchen facilities to prepare the meal, which was donated by several of our members. I asked them to bring one dish, and they brought a lot more than that. “I also wanted to mention other contributors who have helped us, including Amigo Juan's, Southern Bakeries, Super 1 Foods, Mt. Pleasant C. M. E. Church, Greater St. Luke Baptist Church in Guernsey, the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA Chapter Golden Star No. 359, of Rosston, PHA Masonic Lodges Elizabeth 219, of Blevins, and Silvermoon, of Washington,” she said. “We have about 20 consistent members right now, but it's growing rapidly. People are asking everyday how they can serve. It's exciting.” The next project of the group is to distribute 100 goodie bags for Christmas for the community. “We'll go out into the community with a list of recipients,” Armstrong said. “We get that list from our members, who know someone who might need a little bit for Christmas. “The bags will include socks, fruit, hand lotion, a Christmas card, and a deck of cards, and whatever else the members will donate,” she said. “I'm just glad that we have people in the community who have a heart to serve.” Armstrong said the group reaches across the community. “The group is not religiously founded, but certainly comes equipped with a very special spiritual core,” Armstrong said. For more information on the group, or to help, contact Armstrong at 870-703-7268.