Those in need of food and personal care items are often thankful to area churches and organizations who offer assistance. But sometimes the availability is limited to certain hours in the day, and there may be a screening process that requires an application or other paperwork.
Coastal Community Christian Church in Richmond Hill is removing those worries by providing what it calls a "blessing box," a simple concept to ensure that those most in need can receive free items any time and without hassle.
Located on its church property at 10770 Ford Ave., the blessing box is stocked with non-perishable food and personal care items. There is no lock on the doors, meaning it's available night and day, and operates on an honor system with the assumption that most people will take only what they need, and others will donate.
The slogan "Give something, take something" is affixed to the box.
Senior Elder Bob Parks summed up the church's intentions by saying, "Our thought is, if we give them their physical needs, it will help them to understand they also have spiritual needs."
Several of the congregation gathered at the box on Sunday to pray and dedicate it. Church member Amanda Styer said anyone can donate items for the box.
"Our church will do our best to keep the box stocked, but we'd like this to be a community effort."