When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Don’t count the cost. ~ Deuteronomy 15:7-9 from The Message.
Our emergency food pantry operates every Friday afternoon. Clients are referred to our pantry from WestSide CARES or Reach Pikes Peak. This service, provided by our church to the Westside community, has run successfully since 1982. Our church family has supported the food pantry with money and countless bags and boxes of food.
In 2021, we opened our pantry on the first of April, after a long COVID closure. Since then, we have served 47 families of 97 adults, 31 children. and 6 seniors.
Many thanks to Linda O’Riley, Deb Bornholdt, Betty Armstrong, CharLynAnn Iuppa, Jane Hart, Carolyn Hudson, Tawyna Winters, Becky Rich, Jane Edwin, Jan Hinkley, Karen Olds, and Arlene Penman for faithfully being in the pantry on Friday afternoons to assist our neighbors in need. Also, to Jane Hart for shopping each week to refill the empty shelves.
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