Helping Hart’s Free Community Needs Event
Mary Beth Sallee
Helping Hart is a Facebook group that was established earlier this year with the goal of extending help to others.
The group’s creator, Angel Bergenson, has joined together with Dr. Virag Pandeya and Jackie Pandeya, APRN, to provide for those in need through the Free Community Needs Event.
Both Angel and Jackie are the coordinators for the event.
The purpose of the Free Community Needs Event is to uphold the mission of Helping Hart: to provide basic items for every day life to any resident in Hart County who needs them.
Those in need will be able to receive necessities such as clothes, shoes, and hygiene items.
“We’ll have free clothes and shoes for all ages and sizes, hygiene items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, feminine products, bags and backpacks, socks, underwear, coats, scarves, gloves,” Angel said. “We’ll also have free hot dogs, chips, and water throughout the day. There will also be free haircuts for anyone in need.”
The event will take place on Saturday, October 17 at Dr. Pandeya’s Office located at 950 Main St., Munfordville. It begins at 8 a.m. and will be held outdoors, rain or shine.
Everyone is welcome to come and take what they need. No proof of income is needed, there are no qualifications, and no questions will be asked.
“Our goal is to provide for people in Hart County, but we definitely would not deny help to anyone from a surrounding county if they had a need,” Angel said.
“Anyone who feels they have a need are welcome,” Jackie said. “It is heavily advertised on Facebook. So, if someone from surrounding counties are in need and can make it, they are welcome.”
Both Angel and Jackie said that this event is important because everyone deserves help.
“To help those in need in the community…to serve those in need. It is a human thing to do,” Jackie said.
“No one should have to worry about how or where they’re going to get basic items like shoes, clothing, and hygiene items,” Angel added.
Angel also stated that they are grateful for the donations made by others.
“All items have been donated by other community members, both individuals and businesses, and we cannot thank those people enough for helping to serve their community,” Angel said.
Donations for the event are still being accepted until Friday, October 16. Gloves, coats, and hygiene items can be dropped off at Dr. Pandeya’s office. Anyone wishing to donate can also call or text 270-590-4977 to make other arrangements.
Face masks and social distancing are required. For more information, call or text 270-590-4977.