Alpha UMC has a blessing box that is placed against the building on the northeast corner. Thanks to Jack Silvis, Dawson Medley, Dale Lanning and Desirae Silvis for painting the box! Now we just need to get it stocked and get the word out that it is there for people who need items.
This is what I found on the internet to explain what a Blessing Box is: “Blessing Boxes are popping up in communities across the country as people find creative ways to help others who struggle with homelessness and hunger. A Blessing Box is a small, often homemade structure where people leave donated goods for others to pick up anonymously. Located in a common area, people are filling them with items that will help those in need—everything from non-perishable food to toiletries. These donated essentials help fulfill short-term basic needs for those who don’t always have access to them.
Offer a variety. There are many things that people need on a daily basis. Some Blessing Boxes focus only on nonperishable items. Then there are others that also offer toiletries, like deodorant, soap and shampoo, and clothes.
Encourage others to give. You can stock the box on your own or get others in your community to participate. If others give, there will be more items available for people to take if they’re in need. Don’t forget to create a sign that explains the concept. Something as simple as “Take what you need, give what you can” will work.
Let others know. One of the fastest ways to spread the word is through social media. You can post information about it in a local city group, your personal social media page.
There’s no better way to change a community than one small act of kindness at a time. Blessing Boxes can make that difference. They present a low-cost way to help those in your community. Take these steps to start a Blessing Box today and make giving easy and accessible in your neighborhood.”
I would add to these suggestions no glass jars, and remember when it gets hot to only put items in the Blessing Box that will not melt! If you would like to bring items for the Blessing Box, please feel free to put the items in the box. If it is full and you can not put the items in, just leave the items at the church and we will put the items in for you! This is a wonderful outreach project for our Church and will be a blessing to many people!