The Ray of Hope Food Pantry held the sixth annual Fall Family Fun Day at the Bracey Community Center. The event was sponsored by Kingswood and Rehoboth United Methodist Church and offered a variety of games, contests, food, and fun for the whole family. There were hayrides available leading to a pumpkin patch where kids could pick their own free pumpkin to take home. The children laughed as they played games, got their faces painted, and jumped around in the bouncy houses. They enjoyed popcorn and food provided by Furr’s Deli and Dogs. 

The food pantry was started in 2010 to provide food for those in need in the local areas. The organization operates solely on volunteered support and donations from local individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses. The use of the R.G. Kidd Grocery Store in Bracey was donated to the food pantry, rent free, by his family. Ray of Hope serves anywhere from 50 to 70 people on opening day and provide emergency supplies to anyone in need throughout the month. The organization is hoping to develop a website for online donations, recruit more volunteers to increase how many times they opened in a month, and install running water and a bathroom in the Bracey pantry. If you are interested in volunteering or donating please contact President Mary Preston or find out more information about the pantry on Facebook.