Bless­ing Box built to hold sup­plies for those in need; do­na­tions wel­come

Austin American-Statesman - - MONEY & MARKETS - By Ju­dith McGin­nis Wichita Falls Times Record News

There is some­thing around the Cor­ner that’s built to help those in need.

A wooden box with a win­dow at the north­west cor- ner of 11th and Bluff streets in Wichita Falls is a project taken on by Jeremy Aaron, di­rec­tor of the Cor­ner Com­mu­nity Outreach Cen­ter.

The cen­ter is spon­sored by the 10th and Broad Church of Christ.

Supplied with do­na­tions, the Bless­ing Box con­tains ac­ces­si­ble, non­per­ish­able food and toi­letries.

“This is for peo­ple who get to the end of the month and are strug­gling,” said Jenny Aaron, Jeremy’s wife. “They can look in the box and find what they need.”

The Aarons, who spent five years of church ser­vice in Scot­land, think of them- selves as “lo­cal mis­sion­ar­ies.”

Jenny Aaron found the idea for the Bless­ing Box in a YouTube video about a man from Big Spring who built one to share food. The ef­fort has spread.

“Any­one pass­ing by can use the box,” Jeremy Aaron said. “We put it up on Fri­day (a few weeks ago), and it wasn’t long be­fore a man on a bi­cy­cle stopped to check it out.”

Mem­bers of the church helped make the box pos- sible. One mem­ber built it from an old cabi­net, and an­other wrote an im­por­tant mes­sage on the sides: “Take what you need, leave what you can and be blessed.”

Do­na­tions to the Bless­ing Box are hap­pily ac­cepted. The box might con­tain things such as canned soup and veg­eta­bles, peanut but­ter, jelly, ra­men noo­dles, tooth­brushes, tooth­paste, BandAids, combs, socks, hand san­i­tizer, laun­dry soap and fa­cial tis­sue.

The hope is that the box idea will move on to other churches.

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