Camping out for WARM

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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A pastor in Aurora is going homeless.

Starting Friday, Pastor Scott Griffin plans to spend 48 hours in a fold-out lawn chair beneath the shade of an old tree in front of Faith Baptist Church, located at 505 Bennett Drive, off Old Base Road in Aurora.

“The plan is to raise awareness for needy people in Wise County,” Griffin, 50, said. “I am going to be collecting cans for the WARM organization.”

Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) offers a food bank for Wise County families. The Decatur-based non-profit also helps people who are struggling financially pay their electric bills – and in the Texas summer heat, having electricity can mean the difference between life and death for some.

“A lot of times people think to donate around Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Griffin said. “But there is need for help all year, especially in the summertime. A lot of kids who depend on free or reduced lunches during the school year don’t get that during the summer.”

The campout starts 7 a.m. Friday, July 5, where Griffin will be posted in a chair by day and trying to rest in a sleeping bag at night. His hope is that people will stop by during his campout and drop off enough cans to fill his church van. All the cans will be donated to WARM.

The campout ends 7 a.m. Sunday, July 7. Griffin said he plans to go home, clean up and be in his familiar spot in the pulpit when his congregation comes together later than morning.

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