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Ladies look to get food in ‘The Wright Hands’ with new nonprofit

May 25, 2019

Each Sunday at 5 p.m. sharp, three ladies who live just outside The Woodlands, in Spring, call each other up to discuss plans, dreams and visions for their startup nonprofit organization that’ll begin as a mobile food pantry serving low-income families, single mothers, senior citizens and those who are disabled in Montgomery County.

Executive Director Gwendolyn Wright has corralled the other two ladies, Balethia Gayden and Elizabeth Abraham DeJang, to help her in getting the organization “The Wright Hands” off the ground.

“If you’re part of my community and you need the help, I want to be able to do that. Life happens, and we don’t want people to go to bed hungry,” Wright said, who was inspired with this idea.

The group will first focus on packing food boxes that volunteers can deliver to anyone who needs the extra help. Gayden said this model is what she’s passionate about — being of service to all people who need assistance.

“We’re not here to tell you there’s a stipulation you have to meet. If you need help, we’re here to help you,” Gayden said.

The ladies have a target date of launching the program by the end of the summer, and their nonprofit status is in the works. While they’re currently looking for a property to house their operation out of, they’ll begin collecting and donating food out of Wright’s garage.

They already have a fridge that’s been donated but are working on getting the word out to the community to collect other necessary supplies, Gayden said.

“We have a three-page list of suppliers, businesses and people we want to target for sponsorships. We have support letters ready to send out, and we’ve been spreading the message by word-of-mouth. We’ll get started once we have enough donations that we won’t run out (of food),” Gayden said.

In order to find the people who need help, the ladies plan to post fliers and let civil service organization know they’re available and ready to accept referrals.

And while both Wright and Gayden have full-time jobs, they’ve been working on planning the service for almost two years. What pushes them is their own experiences, each said.

For Gayden, this is a way to honor her sister, who died in December of 2016.

“I made a promise to my sister before she passed that I would continue her legacy. She was big on helping and giving, and I want to honor her,” Gayden said.

Wright knows what this community needs because she’s been there before.

“I deal with a chronic illness, and as a single mom I have found myself in situations where I didn’t know how I was going to feed my kids sometimes. It can be a hurtful, painful, stressful time. I can honestly understand and empathize with those who are going through these situations,” Wright said.

And she doesn’t want to just stop there. Once this first program is off the ground here, she has bigger dreams about opening three other centers around the greater Houston area.

“We want to be able to reach out and and help in other counties. There’s a need everywhere, and I want to be able to do something and make my life matter…We want this to be just the start,” Wright said.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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