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‘Community Exit One’ expands its reach, support grows

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Girl Scout Troop 474 out of Hampton First Baptist Church helped support the Community Exit One charity recently.

Special Photo Girl Scout Troop 474 out of Hampton First Baptist Church helped support the Community Exit One charity recently.

STOCKBRIDGE — The girls collected enough non-perishable food items to fill 300 Ziplock bags and did so in support of the area’s hungry and homeless.

“I’m happy because people that don’t get to eat a lot get a chance to eat,” said Carmen Bodie, 11.

Bodie is a member of Girl Scout Troop 474 out of Hampton First Baptist. The group of 14 fourth- and fifth-graders and their troop leaders, Bodie’s mother, Stephanie Bodie, and Nicole Mendizabal took part in a local charity to provide the needy clothing and food Saturday.

“It’s very rewarding to see the girls do the project,” said Mendizabal. “It’s just great to see the girls do something for the community.”

The charity, led by Bill Cox, is called Community Exit One. It is named for the area, near exit 1 at I-675 and Ga. 138, where several homeless families have made their homes over the years.

He started the ministry out of Community Bible Church. Members of that church, and others in the Stockbridge area, meet once a month to have Sunday services in the Title Max parking lot at 7348 Davidson Parkway. They provide warm food and donated clothing to those who choose to join them.

Cox said the ministry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. He said it added another site in April to provide for hungry and homeless families in Atlanta.

“On April 14, a group of us went to the Title Max on Jonesboro Road in Atlanta and held a community service,” he said. “The area is full of needy and homeless people.”

The ministry is calling its new project Exit 55, which is just across the street from the South Atlanta Expo Center, off I-285.

“We fed, clothed and provided groceries for the guests, and shared hope and encouragement,” said Cox. “We will be doing this the second Sunday of each month and Exit One the fourth Sunday.”

Those interested in helping support the ministry are asked to call Cox at 678-230-0547.