Joshua Morrison/News A different kind of yard sale is happening on Millwood Road this weekend. Patricia Pennel is selling items and using the proceeds to donate to Old Mother Hubbards Cupboard and East Knox Schools to help pay off any student’s lunch debts.
Joshua Morrison/News Patricia Pennell, seated, looks over her storage area where she keeps clothing and other items that she gives to people in need, or sells at garage sales to help fund her mission to feed the poor and hungry.
Joshua Morrison/News

HOWARD — Feeding the hungry is a full-time job for Patricia Pennell. The retired nursing assistant lives on a very fixed income, but still devotes her life to helping people in need. That is her overriding mission in life.

Pennell, who will be 69 on Thursday, said she at first wanted to volunteer with a social service agency, but they had no vacancies.

“As I was walking back to my car,” she told the News, “I literally heard God say, ‘You can do it.’ So I came home and did it.”

What she did was launch, along with Lauretta Beltz, Mother Hubbards Cupboard food pantry and now gives away food, clothing, shoes and furniture to people in need.

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