First Christian establishes free Blessing Box of food

The inside of the Blessing Box features everything from snacks to toiletries. Submitted photo

Amid the heartache of struggles triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, a local church is extending love and blessings to others.

First Christian Church has established a free Blessing Box of food for the needy — and for donors to contribute to, if they wish. The small, kitchen-style cabinet was placed in front of its Youth Center at 541 Fourth St. in downtown Columbus days ago for use by anyone.

The simple, practical outreach, unlocked and stocked with non-perishable food from beans to snacks, along with some toiletries, is part of the church’s response to unemployment triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, according to staff.

A sign on the front reads: “Leave what you can. Take what you need.”

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“Spread the word for anyone who wants to stop and put something in the box or anyone who needs anything — free to take,” Nancy Lewis, the church’s Connections Minister, posted on Facebook to introduce the idea.

Elder Jon Reynolds and his daughter Torie proposed by idea approved by the elders, Lewis said. Then members Mike and Rachel Kerschner ran with idea, purchased the cabinet, secured it in place and stocked it.

Lewis mentioned that she sees plenty of beauty unfolding via her church staff and members coming together to help others amid the pain caused by the novel coronavirus.

“One statement that is being reinforced to me during this time is ‘One person can’t do everything for everyone. But everyone can do something for someone,’” she said.