Back Pack Buddies
Many families rely on free or reduced lunch to feed their children during the week. On weekends, many families struggle to feed their children. Other families are negligent. Back Pack Buddies is a ministry that provides food for children for the weekend. Easy to fix meals are packed in a back-pack and delivered to the schools. Children pick up a back-pack on their way home each Friday and bring back the empty back-pack on Monday. The program allows children to be fed without others knowing that they are getting help. Back Pack Buddies is funded entirely by donations.
Those who face chronic illness, long term recovery, are grieving a loved one, or who are celebrating the birth of a child are among the many who have received a prayer shawl from First Christian Church. Made by our “Nimble Fingers” ministry, these shawls are blessed in worship and delivered to those in need. The ministry has reached out to local families, children at Shriner’s Hospital, and been sent to those recovering from natural disasters. “Nimble Fingers” is funded entirely by donations.
By collecting coats through the summer and early Fall, First Christian is able to distribute winter coats in late October to anyone in the community that needs one. Simple, casual, and dressy coats all find their way to the church by donation. People are asked to have the coats cleaned before donating them. This ministry began at First Christian Church and has already been joined by other local congregations. The Coat Drive is funded entirely by donations
Holiday Meal Delivery
Local meal delivery for shut-ins does not run on holidays. To make sure that our elderly are not forgotten on special days, First Christian Church delivers meals to those who would regularly receive a delivery. Food is cooked, packaged, and delivered by members of the church.
Basketball for Bikes
Every year children in need receive a bicycle at Christmas from First Christian Church. The freedom and exercise that come with a bicycle are important to children and every child should have a bicycle. This program is funded by donations and the church’s booth at the annual Burgoo Festival. At the booth, members of the community pay $1 to shoot baskets or toss bean bags (corn hole) with a “Champion” being awarded a trophy in each activity and age bracket. These simple $1 donations add up to make a big difference in the lives of needy children.