Charlotte’s Cupboard, Shine on Humanity help feed Port Arthurans for Christmas

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, December 19, 2020

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The giving spirit continued to spread in Port Arthur on Saturday morning.

Charlotte’s Cupboard held its monthly food pantry giveaway at Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church on Jefferson Drive. Charlotte’s Cupboard, a 501(c)3 organization, gave away 278 bags of groceries for the first arrivals and then 25 $50 gift cards to others.

Charlotte’s Cupboard was incorporated in June 2014 and attained non-profit status in June 2017. Most of the food donations and funding comes from church membership and the organization’s partnership with the Southeast Texas Food Bank, said Charlotte’s Cupboard namesake and Port Arthur Councilwoman Charlotte Moses.

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BBVA co-sponsored Saturday’s drive.

Dr. Thomasina Parker-Actlis of Shreveport gives rolls to a Charlotte’s Cupboard visitor. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Also Saturday, Houston-based Shine on Humanity brought its own shine under cloudy skies with Mayor Thurman Bartie’s Christmas Meal Giveaway. Moses, the mayor pro tem, helped with the drive since Bartie was undergoing treatment at a Houston-area hospital for coronavirus.

Shine on Humanity gave 350 meals of turkey, green beans, corn and rolls to those those who pre-applied. The organization seeks to help communities around the world affected by natural disasters.

Paige Actlis of Shreveport hands out rolls at Charlotte’s Cupboard. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Albert Moses hangs out with Zayda Harrison, 5, and Gabby Lee, 3. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Tom Parker of Port Arthur directs traffic at Charlotte’s Cupboard. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Shine on Humanity COO Van Shotwell loads a package of rolls to a truck. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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