Four New York Churches Join Together to Install ‘Blessing Box’ to Provide Food and Clothing for People in Need Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns

A “Blessing Box” installed on the property of St. James Episcopal Church of Batavia, New York. The box began offering services to the less fortunate in February 2021. | Courtesy Diana Leiker

There is a new structure in front of St. James Episcopal Church on East Main Street in Batavia. It is quite a bit smaller than the church, but don’t let the size of this Blessing Box diminish its mission.

You’ve probably seen similar little structures placed along roadways or sidewalks. Often they hold books and promote family literacy.

The Blessing Box has a different purpose. It will hold commonly used items such as food, warm clothing, or clean face masks; items intended to meet some daily needs of the local community.

The Blessing Box project began during discussions in a Ministry for Education study group for lay people. The group meets weekly and engages in theological learning and reflection, focusing on how they might serve their community. This offering of service to others is ever present in each of our daily lives.

The EfM discussion identified unmet needs of some local individuals, families and the homeless population. This particularly includes those living with physical or mental health disabilities and anyone prevented from earning a life-sustaining wage.

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SOURCE: The Batavian

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