St. Luke’s youth ded­i­cate Bless­ing Box

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The St. Luke’s United Methodist Church youth group in Den­ton ded­i­cated four bless­ing boxes dur­ing a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony Satur­day, Aug. 19.

One of the bless­ing boxes will be open at St. Luke’s while the other three boxes were do­nated by the youth. The Sweet Caro­line or­ga­ni­za­tion, Con­cord United Methodist Church in Fed­er­als­burg and New Life Wes­leyan Church in Greens­boro each re­ceived a bless­ing box.

The boxes will serve as 24hour pantries for the com-

mu­nity. The panties will be stocked with food and other goods.

Bob and Linda Bay­nard helped the youth group build the boxes, and Allen Thoma­son helped the youth paint the boxes.

“In Jan­uary, we had an idea for how we wanted to help our com­mu­nity,” said St. Luke’s youth group mem­ber Alex Penn. “We had nu­mer­ous ideas, and we came up with a bless­ing box. Our bless­ing boxes are 24-hour pantries, which we as the youth group will pro­vide and main­tain.”

Sweet Caro­line founder Ben Ca­hall said he is hon­ored the youth group chose Sweet Caro­line has a bene­fac­tor in their project.

“Sweet Caro­line is all about the youth,” he said. “We are happy to ac­cept this great gift.”

St. Luke’s Pas­tor Karen Handy said she is ex­cited to see the youth group come to­gether for a great cause.

“They made a choice to give some­thing back to our com­mu­nity,” she said. “I think that is such a pow­er­ful thing. It wasn’t an easy process. I think they have learned a lot.

“I think they have per­se­vered,” she said. “It is just awe­some for them to have this op­por­tu­nity to have this blessed, and see that this has re­ally hap­pened.”

To do­nate to the bless­ing box and for more in­for­ma­tion about St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, call 410-479-2171.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

The St. Luke’s United Methodist Church youth group in Den­ton cuts the rib­bon after ded­i­cat­ing four bless­ing boxes Satur­day, Aug. 19.

PHOTO BY KAREN HANDY

The St. Luke’s United Methodist Church youth group ded­i­cates four bless­ing boxes Satur­day, Aug. 19.

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