ELLERBE — A community organization in northern Richmond County recently received a financial gift from a Greensboro-based foundation.
Dr. Mitchell and Kathy Gibson, founders of the Tybro Foundation, have donated $5,000 to the Mineral Springs Improvement Council.
According to the foundation’s website, it was founded to feed the hungry and supply educational materials to underserved areas.
Barbara Moton, food pantry director and program coordinator for Mineral Springs Improvement Council, called the donation “a remarkable act of kindness that has significantly impacted our beloved community.”
“We would like to express to Mitchell and Kathy our gratitude for their unwavering support and commitment to our community,” Moton said. “Their generosity serves as an example to us all reminding us of the impact one person can have when they choose to give back.”
Moton also offered thanks to all who have supported the Mineral Springs Improvement Council through the years.
“It is through your collective efforts that we are able to continue our vital work and make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.”
In July 2022, the organization was one of two Richmond County nonprofits to be awarded a $2,000 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation.
The Mineral Springs Improvement Council was highlighted in a February 2022 Facebook post by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC for Black History Month. The post reads:
“The Mineral Springs Improvement Council was founded in 1967 by a group of individuals who saw the need to lend a helping hand to the rural area of Ellerbe and the surrounding communities. Since that time, they have provided community gardens, after school programs, summer enrichment programs, low-income housing, Annual Mayfest, and a food pantry…During food distributions, Mineral Springs provides food for 150-200 families in Ellerbe and surrounding communities.”
Anyone interested in donating to the organization is encouraged to make checks or money orders payable to the Mineral Springs Improvement Council and send to P.O. Box 545, Ellerbe, N.C. 28338.