St. Mark’s Episcopal Church opens a “Blessing Box” ministry

Published May 23, 2017

Pictured: Nancy Eichelberger, Kathy Anderson, Lynda Smargiassi and Cameryn Eichelberger helping to stock the Blessing Box.

On Sunday, May 21, St. Mark’s opened a new ministry for those who may need a little extra help making ends meet.  The “Blessing Box” is a large cupboard on the front porch of the St. Mark’s Parish Hall containing all sorts of items:  food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby supplies and personal items.  It is “open” 24/7 for anyone who wishes to stop by to take a few items.  It is also open for anyone who may have donations and not know where to take them.

The concept of the “Blessing Box” came from an NBC news report about similar program in the State of Texas.  St. Mark’s already has a “Little Library” for exchanging books, and the “Blessing Box” seemed to fit the mission of the Church to be a resource for the community.  The box was initially stocked from donations made by the members, and as more donations arrive, the contents will shift accordingly.  Emphasis is being placed on items that may not be covered or available through conventional assistance programs.

St. Mark’s participates in the Micah’s Backpack program, but members were concerned about the families who might get food during the school year but not during the summer when school is not in session.  The Blessing Box will help to fill that need, as well as provide a place for donations from community members who may not belong to the church, but still want to help.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 18313 Lappans Road.  Information about the Church, its worship, history and mission are on the website:

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