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Central Texas Church and First Baptist Men help feed families in need

Posted at 7:45 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 20:45:19-04

WACO, TX — Volunteers are on a mission to feed Central Texas Families going through a hard time during the pandemic.

Texas Baptist Men is banding together with Central Texas churches to spread hope across the community.

Hundreds of bags were filled with food, household items and hygiene products.

"We've got bread, peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, cereal, soup, Ramen. We also have paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products, school supplies, a little bit of everything," said Associate Pastor Ryan Russell.

First Baptist Waco is one of the many Texas churches giving back in a big way with Russell leading the mission.

"We are going to be delivering to 52 different families who have indicated through the school system that they need some help with those items. We will be delivering straight to their doorstep," Russell said.

Volunteers collect items throughout the week, and on Friday's, donations are dropped off to families. But, all of this couldn't have been possible without the faith community.

"Six churches that are working together right now, we have First Baptist Waco, Columbus Avenue, Antioch, Calvary, UBC and Renew Church," Russell said.

Texas Baptist Men, a disaster relief organization, also lent a helping hand.

"Right now when we are dealing with isolation, shut down and out of work, the idea of not being able to provide food for your family can be mentally crippling," said Rand Jenkins, Director of Ministry Advancement.

Jenkins said serving others, especially right now, is more than a privilege. It's the right thing to do.

"Being able to come in and step in and do this. It is a way of showing someone love and providing them hope," he said.

It's also a way to show people they don't have to get through the pandemic alone.