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Mar 17 2011

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Beach Reach working overtime

 By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.

Follow some of the biggest crowds in the early morning hours during Spring Break and chances are you will land at the Island Baptist Church.

Students have been filing in by the thousands to receive free pancakes and more. Wednesday, over 2,500 plates were served  and there are expectations that some 10,000 plates will be served by week’s end. John Hooser, a pastor from First Baptist Church in Castle Hills, has been involved now for four years and he has watched as this has grown each year.

“We are staying busy,” said Hooser, “and we also get a chance to minister at the same time.”

This began back in 1994 and has now grown to where over 700 people are involved as volunteers. Vans are in place running 24 hours a day.

“This is something we feel is just as important as the meals,” said Hooser. “We are giving these rides free of charge and getting the word out so that people know they have a safe place if they need it, and also they can have a safe ride anywhere here on the Island.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Mar. 17 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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