Shiloh Paragould women bring ‘Buddy Benches’ to local elementary school

shilohbuddybenchThe ladies’ Share Group at Shiloh UMC Paragould has donated two “Buddy Benches” to the Greene County Tech Elementary School. Two spouses of Share Group members, Bob Marcotte and Don Fuller, built the benches, and the entire Share Group had a hand in painting and decorating them.

“Buddy Benches” promote friendship among children and seek to end loneliness at school. Children can sit on the “Buddy Bench” and another child will come and sit with them on the bench and invite them to play. (See for more information on the concept.)

The Share Group meets monthly for devotional and service opportunities. In addition to donating the Buddy Benches, they also help the local Food Bank; support the Shiloh Youth by helping with the cost of attending Veritas; purchase banners for the church to use during the Christian Year; and cook the meal when the congregation hosts Soup and Sermon during Lent.

—submitted by Rev. Ed Seay