“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’Matthew 25:40
In March 2020, in the very early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, First Christian Church began working with the volunteers who deliver for Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) every week day. Meals on Wheels homebound seniors are some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens, and during this crisis they were unable to leave their homes for basic necessities. FCC, in order to help fill this need, began utilizing the delivery system already in place – weekday stops from a Meals on Wheels volunteer. These volunteers have been including an extra “bag of love” from us that contains a variety of things such as some extra food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. once a week.
All of this is made possible through donations from our members and friends of our church, along with grants from DOC’s Week of Compassion, National Benevolent Association, and the federal government CARES Act.
YOU can help by dropping off fresh produce on Wednesdays, shelf-stable donations any time, or by donating money to First Christian Church to support us!
It wasn’t long before we realized the need in our community went far beyond the immediate health crisis. What began as a response to help a vulnerable population at the beginning of the pandemic has evolved into an ongoing long-term food ministry that has expanded to include partnerships with the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program through the USDA and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
And we’re about more than just food! FCC is also there to help with gifts and donations to area schools, sending supplies and teams to help with clean-up and rebuilding after weather disasters in the area (and beyond!), supporting Farmville Benevolent Ministries with food and financial assistance to Farmville residents, supporting Camp Caroline with funding and supplies, working at the community Soup Kitchen, building handicap ramps for folks in need (more about that below), getting fans into the homes of the elderly without air conditioning, and… so, so much more.
CMF Ramps Building People Up
Since 2014, a group of dedicated men at First Christian Church have been responding to requests to build handicap ramps for folks in need in the Farmville area. They have spent many Saturdays out in the sun and heat, sawing and hammering and spreading joy! Nobody is sure who is getting more joy out of the work – the men? Or the happy folks who can now comfortably and safely get in and out of their homes!