BETHANY Seventh-day Adventist Church
Ministry Beyond the Walls
A Charlottesville church is lending a hand to people who live on the streets of the city. Members of the congregation from the Seventh Day Adventist Church spent Saturday handing out blessing bags for the homeless.
Volunteers from the church first spent the morning packing the goodies before taking to the streets of downtown Charlottesville to pass them out.
The blessing bags contained all kinds of essential items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a towel, and several snacks. They're divided into male and female to meet the needs of both homeless men and women.
Several dozen bags were delivered to the Haven Day Shelter on West Market Street. The rest were handed out to homeless people along the mall who were doing their best to stay dry in the rain.
Pastor Nathaniel Drew says this was a great alternative to a traditional church service.
"We tried to come up with something, some kind of way that we can go outside of our church and reach people that may never come inside our church door," Drew said.
The idea is to leave the city's homeless with items they can use continually, something that can really sustain them for the near future.
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