Florida Churches Distribute Aid to Families in Need
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (ANS) — Parkridge Church, working with other Broward County, Florida, churches, distributed food, water and essential household products from Food For The Poor on Saturday to families still struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of cars lined up for the drive-through distribution at the Coral Springs church.
Volunteers from Parkridge Church, Chinese Baptist Church of Coral Springs, Parkridge Korean Church, Our Destiny Church, Iglesia Communidad de Parkland, and Cross United Church of Lighthouse Point organized and sorted the goods on Friday and loaded them into the vehicles of grateful families on Saturday.
FFTP donated the goods, which were provided by partner World of Giving.
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In addition to food and water, the goods included paper products, women’s shoes, cleaning products and personal hygiene products such as shampoo and hand sanitizer.
Pastor Eddie Bevill, of Parkridge Church, said volunteers become the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve the community.
“Our hope is to provide more than just physical help, but also spiritual help,” Bevill said. “When you’re serving, you’re growing.”
Although the pandemic has eased and businesses have reopened, many families face higher costs for housing, leaving less money for food and basic household items.
“People are still hurting,” said Daryl Brown, Adults & Missions Pastor of Parkridge Church. “We want this event to be a help. Our prayer is that people will sense the kindness and care of Jesus in our actions.”
Pastor Jacob Lee, of Parkridge Korean Church, said Saturday’s event was a wonderful opportunity to work with other churches, united by a common goal to help families in need.
The event included a prayer tent where volunteers from the churches prayed with families who received goods.
“It has been a great honor to talk to people about The Word of God, not only giving them food but also helping them to grow spiritually,” said Pastor Domingo Arias, of Iglesia Communidad de Parkland.
Food For The Poor primarily works internationally, but the charity is acutely aware of the difficulties some Florida families are having. Some cannot afford to buy basic supplies.
Last August, Parkridge Church hosted a similar distribution with four other churches to distribute household items donated by FFTP and provided by the charity’s partner Matthew 25: Ministries.
Alvaro Pereira, FFTP’s Executive Vice President of Church Alliances, said the charity is grateful for relationships and partnerships with area churches that are making it possible to provide relief to South Florida families.
“The Lord has called all of us to work together and serve the community,” Pereira said.
To learn more about Food For The Poor giving locally, click here: https://youtu.be/S4d5y1oRQfU
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