Back Brentwood Baptist gives Christmas Food Baskets to hungry in Nashville
November 18th, 2009
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We haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas decorations are being displayed in all the stores, carols have made their way back onto dozens of playlists, and people are already making out their wish lists for gifts.
In the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle, it's good to give thanks for what God's blessed us with—family, friends, food, and more. But there are some people living in our own backyards who are wondering how they're going to provide a decent holiday meal for their family, let alone buy gifts.
Brentwood Baptist Missions Ministry saw this need and they've answered the call for the past several years by providing hurting families in our community with Christmas Food Baskets. Last year, church members gave 375 baskets to area families at $75 per basket, and the Missions Ministry provided an extra 25 to round out the total to 400.
One woman who was a recipient of a food basket last year responded: "Last Saturday, you sent [someone] over and surprised me greatly by bringing me some much-needed food—not just canned goods, but fresh foods and produce and toiletries and a fresh turkey! We held hands and prayed together, which was like a healing balm. ... I thank you for being a vessel of God and blessing me in so many areas of my life. I am still rejoicing! ... God touched me through you. I honestly don't know what I would have done without your help."
This year is no different for the Missions Ministry. From December 11-12, the Missions Ministry and volunteers will once again gather together to pack and deliver Christmas Food Baskets that our church members have provided.
This year, each basket costs only $40. Becky Gross, Community Ministries Director at Brentwood Baptist, said, "We thought if we scaled down the size of the box and the amount, we could bless more people and hurting families who need a Christmas dinner."
Each basket will feed a family of four and go to benefit the recipients of Graceworks Ministries, Youth Encouragement Services, Brentwood Baptist Hispanic Ministry, Sudanese refugees in Nashville, and Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church as well as others.
In addition, each basket will include: a Bible, donated by Holman Bible Outreach; a Light of the Stable Christmas CD, donated by our Music & Worship Ministry; and a jar of soup, donated by our Children's Ministry and assembled by a group of our kids.
This year, only 100 boxes have been purchased for these hungry families in Middle Tennessee and the need has increased because of the struggling economy. "Last year, we gave 85 boxes to Graceworks, and, this year, they need 150," Becky said.
Members are being asked to volunteer in this effort and help with one or all of the tasks involved—giving, unpacking, packing, delivering, and clean-up.
On Friday, December 11 in the morning, the Missions Ministry is recruiting volunteers to help unload the Publix truck that will be here to drop off the food. That evening, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Atrium, volunteers will enjoy apple cider and join an assembly line to help pack all the baskets.
Then, on Saturday, December 12, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., drivers are needed to pick up 1-5 boxes along with directions to each location and deliver them to each family or ministry.
Classes, small groups, families, and individuals are all encouraged to pray about their role in this unique effort. Becky said, "It really is a family event. We don't want you to drop your children off at childcare. We want you to bring them and get them involved.
"If everyone could give, that would be great. But if they can't give, they can pack or deliver," Becky said. "Saturday is going to be a crucial part of the process because you are actually touching people's lives in person. Intentional conversations will happen that day and there could even be people who are saved! Whatever you decide to do, it's going to help change someone's life."
By Kaylan Christopher