Agape Resource Center receives $1,200 Helping Hand

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NEWTON, Kan. There are a lot of organizations that try and help people, but for one reason or another, very few are able to offer all their services for free.

The Agape Resource Center in Harvey County is one of those organizations.

For the past eleven years, Agape has served the people of Newton and Harvey County.

Carol Gaeta and her husband Ted, along with a few other people, volunteer to keep the clothing closet and food pantry running.

What they do sets them apart from other clothing closets

"We give away all this clothing for free and we give away food also for free," said Carol.

Everything is donated to them. That's why Gaeta says there's no point charging for it, especially since the people they're helping are usually down and out on their luck.

But not charging for that means their only source of funding is community donations.

They use what money they have to keep the lights on, stock their food pantry, and clean and press the clothing donations.

But right now, money is tight. It's so tight we wore our coats inside because they don't have enough money to run the furnace. The only heat on this day, when the highs were in the 20's, came from a few space heaters.

"The last time we had our furnace on, it was for three weeks in December a couple years back, and the bill was $900. We just don't get that kind of money in," said Carol.

"Carol, recognizing the need that you guys have and the good that you do, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give you $1,200 to help with what you're doing," said Scott Evans. "Wow. That's awesome," said Carol.

She says this money will make a big difference.

"Just to think that we don't have to turn people away because we don't have any food to give out. I don't like turning people away," said Carol.

Carol then got to break the news to her husband who walked over because he saw her crying.

"Let me tell you the reason they're actually here. DeVaughn James is giving us $1,200," said Carol. "Thank you. That will help a lot. Thank you," said Ted Gaeta.

They were there together to meet Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.

"Thank you so much for the great work that you're doing for the citizens of Harvey County. You're so generous," said James. "Thanks. That's what we're there for to serve people," said Carol.