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One Day of Hope hosts over 2,600

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Over 2,600 people were helped in the community hosted One Day of Hope. -Staff photo by John Coffelt


John Coffelt


Over 500 people from 75 local churches gathered Saturday for the sixth- annual One Day of Hope outreach event held at the Coffee County Fairgrounds.

MDS Food slice line operator Aaron Lyda, supervisor Bo Ward, shipping and receiving employee Devin Grav-itt, and administrator Xena Miller, help un-load some of the cases of cheese the plant do-nated to One Day of Hope, held Saturday at the Coffee County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Food, haircuts, job information, health screenings and even family portraits were offered to 2,695

Marcrom said that the event dates back almost seven years, when a group of pastors came together with a concern for those in the area with less resources available to them.

“We’re all Christians. Let’s put our hands together and see what we can do for our community,” Marcrom said.

“This is a day to show love to our community, anybody that needs,” he said. “There are no questions asked.”

This year, MDS Foods brought a semi-truck of food to donate.

“As a result, we are able to let people know of the services that are available throughout the year. A lot of folks don’t know who to ask for help,” Marcrom said.

Marcom said this year’s One Day of Hope was another display of the community coming together for a common purpose. He thanked all volunteers and supporters of the event.

“Hopefully, the message of ‘love for one another’ because of the love of Jesus Christ we have received came through to those we served,” Marcom said.  “Except for the grace of God, they could be us, and we were blessed to be able to serve.


Numbers at a glance

  • Between 500-600 volunteers worked, plus several others throughout the year.
  • About 3,500 meals were given out during this year’s One Day of Hope, according to Marcom.
  • Over 1,500 requesting prayer or counseling were served.
  • Grocery and hygiene services provided for  approximately 2,000.
  • Clothing was provided for over 2,000 visitors.
  • Community and and jobs and career services helped 498 guests.
  • Medical and dental services were given to  about 600.
  • 754 children and their families stopped by the kid zone.


Get involved

To get involved or support next year’s One Day of Hope, contact Ray Marcom by email at, or by mail at P.O. Box 99, Manchester, TN 37349-0099.