Gleaning gives a ‘Sweet Thank You’ to Lynchburg shoppers

You have probably seen Gleaning For The World’s 53-foot tractor trailer parked in front of Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg during hurricane, tornado, or wildfire seasons when the nonprofit organization is collecting disaster relief supplies for victims of natural disasters.

During these collections, Gleaning For The World’s staff and volunteers invite shoppers to purchase nonperishable foods, hygiene items, and even pet supplies while they are in the store – to donate when they exit the building.

This week, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (January 20 through 22) from 10am to 6pm each day, Gleaning For The World’s truck will once again be parked in their regular spot in front of the giant retailer, however, this time things will look a little different.

Instead of asking for any kind of donations, Gleaning representatives will be giving away sweet treats to Sam’s Club shoppers at the store’s exit door as their way of saying “Thank you” to the community that has supported them so generously over the last 22 years.

“We appreciate each person who donates to this ministry. It is the financial donors and product donors that keep this ministry going strong. Giving away chocolates and other goodies this week is just Gleaning’s way of showing our gratitude to our neighbors who repeatedly fill our truck with critically-needed supplies during times of natural disaster, and to those who support us year-round. We are not asking for any donations this week. We’ll simply be out there saying “Thank you,” Gleaning For The World’s president Jeane Smiley-Mason explained.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Teresa Davis, Gleaning’s Communications Director, at 434-229-6828

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

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Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to

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