With the temperature soaring above 100 degrees these days, you will want to make plans to dine out on Tuesday, August 23, in support of Longview Community Ministries (LCM) Too Hot to Cook annual event. LCM board of directors member, Allyson Bock, encourages the community to eat out, have fun, and help a neighbor. Your support in dining out enables the 16 participating restaurants to make a donation to the food pantry at LCM, which, in turn, helps to feed hungry families in the Longview area. Mrs. Bock coordinates participation with the area restaurants and will be a greeter at one of the restaurants the night of Too Hot to Cook. She also serves LCM on the fundraising committee, participates with Touch a Truck, Feed a Family, and volunteers for the Coats for Kids program.
“To me, volunteerism is the whole-hearted devotion of one’s time and effort to the benefit of those who are less fortunate or in need of our help. It is so easy to quickly give a monetary investment and go back to our busy lives, but when we are prepared to volunteer our precious time, the effort reaps so many more rewards,” Mrs. Bock said.
In addition to her commitment to LCM, Mrs. Bock is also a volunteer for Junior Achievement of East Texas and the School Supply Train, which is a Junior League of Longview project held at First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Bock was born and raised in Longview and graduated as salutatorian from Maranatha Christian High School. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married eleven years and have two children, Sean, twenty months, and Sierra, three months. Mrs. Bock is employed at BancorpSouth as a commercial loan specialist and Community Reinvestment Act coordinator.“The sense of community in the Longview area has always been an inspiration to me,” Mrs. Bock said. “I have worked at other (BancorpSouth) locations in neighboring cities and was always so grateful to get back to Longview and our amazing citizens. The atmosphere itself exudes friendliness and compassion. I love volunteering in our community because of the grateful hearts of those who are assisted through our efforts. The smiles and nods of appreciation will never cease to melt my heart.”