Little River, SC - LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - The congregation is so small at First Baptist Church in Little River, it's like a family gathering on Sunday mornings. Because of its size, everyone knows each other and is always ready to help out.
In fact, when Jan Hodges saw us along US-17, she knew right away who could use $300 in cash.
Hodges sings in the church choir with Brad Barnes and says he's out of work and needs a job. She says he is a hard worker who never hesitates to help someone in need.
"He's a very kind person, he sings in the choir and he just tries so hard," Hodges said.
When Hodges surprised Barnes with the money, he was hesitant to take it at first, which is always his first instinct.
"He never wants any money for doing work for people," Jan says.
Barnes is one of the youngest members of First Baptist, but says when he first set foot in the church, he knew he fit in.
"[They're] good people who have a heart for the lost," Barnes said. "They want to see people come to Jesus. They make you feel welcome."
Barnes had been working for a friend who owned a pool cleaning and landscaping company. However, the seasonal industry paired with the tough economy proved too much for the business and left Barnes without work. Now, he's on the hunt for a job.
With the generosity of his church family behind him, he's upbeat about future opportunities.
"There's so many good people in that church, everyone's praying for you & they all want to help one another," Barnes said. "I love this area, I love the church, so, we'll just see what happens."