OUTREACH IMPACT: 14,600 items are given to community members through the Blessing box each year.

Our church provides a Blessing Box on-site as one of our major mission projects to help those in need in the community. We are fortunate to have Sandy and Paul Pettit as the leaders of our Blessing Box team, who tirelessly give of their time and talents. There are many aspects of this work that they seamlessly do as part of managing such a thriving project!

The idea to host a blessing box originally came from member Bill Gregory.  Blessing Boxes were a feature of his former community so he brought the idea here to Sherrills Ford. Bill provided the background information and design plan for our Blessing Box, as well as guidance and support. The Blessing Box at our church eventually inspired 5 other churches in our community to host Blessing Boxes. Bill supported these other churches with their Blessing Box start-ups, as well. Each of the 6 Blessing Boxes manage their system in their own unique ways. So now we have 6 Blessing Boxes serving our community by meeting small, immediate needs 24/7 every day!  Warmest thanks to Bill Gregory for jump-starting this much needed life-line of Blessing Boxes!

who the blessing box serves

Blessing Boxes meet small, daily needs of people in the community, such as a can of soup, bread, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, pasta and sauce, canned tuna, beans and rice, breakfast cereal, juice, juice boxes, coffee, tea, dish soap, toiletries, diapers, toilet paper, and pet food.  Blessing Boxes also help supplement the needs people have when the Sherrills Ford Christian Food Pantry and other resource providers are not open.  We typically restock our Blessing Box with 25-50 items per day, showing there is true need in our community for this anonymous, 24/7 service. The Blessing Box is used by people of all ages and variety of circumstances--which we fully embrace.

how the blessing box operates

Our church and its members provide ongoing financial support for the Blessing Box and members donate items. Several members make larger contributions of items as a way to support the work of our church. The Blessing Box project includes a box filling area along with a large pantry for stocking items for the box inside our Fellowship Hall. Leaders Sandy and Paul are in charge of what items go into the box, purchasing inventory, managing inventory, and wisely using the budget for this project--made challenging by rising food costs. They also coordinate the wonderful team of volunteers who stock the Blessing Box once daily and who also help with inventory management. Special thanks to Rickey for faithfully doing inventory work! It is a tremendous commitment to host a thriving Blessing Box which is evidence of the love we have for those in need in our community.

how to participate

Anyone can use the Blessing Box AND anyone can contribute small items for the Blessing Box. There are containers outside the kitchen door in the breezeway where you can place larger quantities of donated items for the Blessing Box. Or you can place items directly in the box. Please be sure any food items are still within the freshness date.  Special items to donate include winter hats and gloves, socks, stuffed animals for kids, small blankets, Bibles...whatever you think would give someone a "blessing" today!

We also provide handouts in our Blessing Box and in all 5 other Blessing Boxes to help people be aware of other resources, especially food, available all around our community.

Note: Clothing can be taken to the Sherrills Ford Christian Food Pantry for their community Clothes Closet--as there is not room in the Blessing Boxes to add clothing. This food and clothing pantry is only 5 miles from our church. We are proud supporters of this area-wide pantry, as well.

All support of the Blessing Box is greatly appreciated--Thank you!