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Local churches host drives to help residents in need during pandemic
Local churches have recently begun to reach out to community residents in need during the current health crisis.
“Our church is seeking ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this uncertain time,” First Baptist Church Pastor Keith Garner said.
That’s why on Wednesday, April 8, First Baptist Church of Post delivered bags of food to 100 households in the community.
“Our goal was to bring food to our home-bound seniors and low-income families,” Garner said.
First Baptist Church asked for donations of canned meats, vegetables, fruit, beans and soup as well as peanut butter, jelly, boxed mac and cheese, bread, tortillas, crackers, pasta, pasta sauce, dry cereal, apple sauce cups, instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, snack items such as granola bars, microwave popcorn, trail mix, chips and cheese crackers and household items like toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, hand soap and baby wipes.
“A huge thank you to our community for all of their donations,” the church said in a Facebook post. “We are so grateful.”
United Supermarkets also did their part, donating a truck bed of goods.
“A special shout out to our local United Supermarket,” the post read. “They put together a large order for us and donated part of the food.”
First Methodist Church has also reached out to the community during the current pandemic.
Partnering with The Salvation Army of Lubbock, First Methodist Church helped provide over 120 individuals with Hope Totes on Thursday, April 9.
“We provide just a small dose of hope for a short period of time for people in need,” Major David Worthy, Commanding Officer at Salvation Army, said. “We hope it will do just that, provide a dose of hope for a day or two as folks are experiencing these unprecedented days.”
Inside the Hope Totes are non-perishable food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and paper goods.
The initiative originally began in Lubbock as a response to requests from residents saying they needed essential home items and food but were concerned about leaving their home due to COVID-19.
“As calls began to increase, we learned that there were not just seniors, but families who had children at home because they couldn’t go back to school or didn’t have childcare but they didn’t want to get out,” Worthy said. “So, we really have made the Hope Tote initiative available to anyone in need.”
In fact, with over 250 Hope Totes distributed in Lubbock, The Salvation Army’s service began to extend into neighboring counties included Garza, Crosby and Lamb.
“On Monday we were in Ralls and on Tuesday we served in Littlefield,” Donny, a Salvation Army team member, said.
With over 100 individuals pre-registering, cars lined up for blocks waiting to enter the congregate drive-through distribution site set up in the First United Methodist Church’s east parking lot.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to do this,” Donny said.
As the pandemic endures, both First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church says they will continue to help the community in any way they can.
“Please know that our church is praying for our community,” Garner said. “We will continue to reach out during these unprecedented times.”
See photos from the First United Methodist Church and The Salvation Army of Lubbock’s “Hope Tote” distribution on page 8.