With our summer temperatures still reaching 100 degrees, you will want to make plans to dine out on Tuesday, August 27, in support of the Longview Community Ministries (LCM) Too Hot to Cook annual fundraiser. LCM board of directors member, Bunky Grimes, invites 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 and increase public awareness of hunger in our community.
Mr. Grimes has served the LCM board as treasurer and is one of the first smiling faces a client will encounter when walking through the doors at LCM. He assists each client and helps distribute food cards.
“I have been so blessed in this life,” Mr. Grimes said. “Volunteerism is my way of saying thanks. Many of the people LCM helps do not have a good day, a good home to go to, or a job. I make every effort to give our clients something to laugh about before they leave. I look forward to the day, or days, I spend at LCM.”
In addition to his commitment to LCM, Mr. Grimes has been heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity. He helped select the very first family to receive a Habitat home in our community and was a volunteer during construction of the home. He also participated in a Habitat walk with President Jimmy Carter prior to the national convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Grimes has served on four medical mission trips to Guatemala with Refuge International.
Mr. Grimes is originally from Big Spring, Texas, and has been a member of the Longview community for 50 years. He graduated from Big Spring High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Mr. Grimes was employed with Continental Can for more than 27 years and is now retired as a state certified appraiser with Grimes Appraisal Service. He and his wife, Fran, have been married 53 years and have three adult children. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes attend First Christian Church where Mr. Grimes has served the church as a deacon and elder.
“Longview has been, and continues to be, a caring community,” Mr. Grimes said. “When a need arrives, Longviewites respond with what is needed, be it money, or time.”
For more information on the upcoming Longview Community Ministries Too Hot to Cook fundraising event, please call 903-753-3561, or visit www.longviewcommunityminstries.org.