Baptists respond to Food Roundup
    March 31 2011 by BCH Communications

    Seeing boxes of nonperishable food filling up the back rooms and other storage areas of statewide Baptist association offices is a common sight during the month of April. The large amounts of collected items can make it difficult for staff members and visitors to move about. Association directors, however, don’t seem to mind the inconvenience as they encourage their churches collect more for Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) annual “Food Roundup.”

    “It is our desire that through meaningful projects like the Food Roundup, we can help each child know they are loved, regardless of their circumstances or situation,” said John Pond, West Chowan Association director of missions. West Chowan Association in Ahoskie is one of the food drive’s top participating associations. Just as in years’ past, Pond leads his churches to collect and give the needed items that will care for the daily needs of BCH’s residents.

    “Historically, BCH has been a vital part of the DNA of West Chowan churches,” Pond said. “Our support of the food drive is a part of who we are.”

    The Food Roundup is a true partnership between associations and Baptist Children’s Homes. Through help of associations and their participating churches, BCH is able to serve more than 700,000 meals and snacks to its residents.

    Kay Parker, the youth consultant for the association, is encouraging youth leaders to involve their young people with food collections.

    “When you give it’s often more of a blessing for the giver, and I think it’s important for our youth to experience that,” Parker said. “I also believe it’s important children at BCH see that people their own age care about them.”

    West Chowan’s participation becomes even more personal this year as BCH’s new group home in Ahoskie, Britton Ministries, prepares to open its doors. Since they are located in the same community, the association plans to deliver some of the donated items directly to the new home.

    “Everybody’s excited about the new home,” Parker said. “We hope it will make participation in the food drive even greater.”

    BCH president Michael C. Blackwell says the Food Roundup has a tremendous impact on the children both physically and spiritually.

    “Many of our boys and girls come from situations where their needs did not come first,” he says. “The food drive shows our residents there are adults who truly care for them. It is the love of Christ put into action.”

    For more information, visit Collection pick-up dates are from April 25 to May 6. For additional information contact Alan Williams at (800) 369-3669, ext. 1277.

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