Responding to an often overlooked need in Warwick – community residents who are in need of food, clothing and other items most take for granted – Christ Episcopal Church, located at 50 South St. in Warwick, recently installed a “Blessings Box” on the Second St. side of the building.
The “Blessings Box” is a raised cabinet with a clear door that’s large enough to hold non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers, and other necessities that people can come and discretely help themselves to when in need.
The community can donate supplies whenever they want and at any time; the box is designed to help individuals get through rough times with dignity. The concept is simple: take what you need and leave what you can.
David Crone, a long-time member of the church, heard about “Blessings Boxes” on the radio. These miniature food pantries have been popping up in yards across the Midwest and steadily gaining in popularity. Crone thought the church’s parishioners would eagerly support the idea, especially during Lent. He recruited fellow parishioner, Phil McCutcheon, who helped design and build the Blessings Box. Together, they brought the idea to Father Jim Erwin.
“I saw this concept as the third leg of our feeding ministries,” said Father Erwin. “We offer a free hot breakfast every Saturday and everyone in our area is welcome; we support the Warwick Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry through collections to the Parson’s Pantry wagon inside our church, and now we have the Blessings Box. We are doing our best to support those in need.”
For more information visit http://www.christchurch.org.