Volunteers help Jackson outreach ministry after break-in

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Volunteers helped repair a Jackson outreach ministry Tuesday after a break-in that caused thousands of dollars in damage. Volunteers took down broken glass and boarded-up windows Tuesday at 138 Lexington Day Mission. “It’s very gratifying to see that people are stepping up, many of them just saying God sent us,” Lee Gaugh said. Gaugh helps run the outreach ministry, which provides clothes and food for the needy. He said last week someone broke in and stole about $3,000 worth of food, clothes and equipment. “We were upset and hurt when we found out what happened,” Gaugh said. “We were calculating, trying to figure out what we were going to do.” When word got out, Gaugh said the calls and donations started pouring in. “Well, somebody had some windows,” he said. “Somebody had some two-by-fours. People volunteered to bring volunteers here this morning.” Gaugh said people donated wood, windows and their time. “Well, they said they needed help,” Russell Carter, a volunteer, said. Carter is one of several people from local churches who wanted to help. “The Bible tells us to help folks that need it,” he said. “We’re Christians, and so that’s why we’re here.” 138 Lexington Day Mission reopened its doors Tuesday for the first time since the break-in. “We will continue to do that regardless of what the world throws at us,” Gaugh said. 138 Lexington Day Mission with have a fundraiser July 24 at Spring Creek Baptist Church.

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