Community blesses Charlotte residents in need with toiletry donations

Community blesses Charlotte residents in need with toiletry donations

Cars lined up at Providence Baptist Church on Wednesday to bless Charlotte residents in need with toiletry donations.

The Drive-Thru Blessings event was organized by the church to help collect items for Families Forward Charlotte.

“Families Forward is a local nonprofit here in Charlotte that partners with families to move them from a place of instability to a place of greater stability,” said Rev. M. Blake Kendrick, minister for adult discipleship at Providence Baptist Church.

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Kendrick expressed how toiletries seem to be the biggest need for the community right now.

“Things like toilet paper and Lysol wipes and shampoo and feminine hygiene products,” he said.

The church works in partnership with Families Forward Charlotte to address critical needs within the community through its Bless Charlotte initiative.

“Families Forward does an incredible job of really ushering people from significant instability towards greater independence and sustainability,” Kendrick said. “A lot of these families enter the program and they’re at this real critical moment that if their car breaks down or the refrigerator goes out or if one more medical bill comes in, it’s just going to zap all of their resources.”

This was the third donation event the church has held at its facility since the coronavirus pandemic began. In April, it collected 1,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and in May, 1,500 pounds of food for Families Forward Charlotte.

“We had even more participation last night than the previous two,” Kendrick said. “I think this event may have been the biggest one yet.”

The church is planning another donation event for July 29 to collect school supplies for Families Forward Charlotte.

Providence Baptist Church is one of many organizations working to support those in need of food and financial and housing assistance.

Over the next month, Crisis Assistance Ministry expects an unprecedented emergency for our neighbors who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut amid the crushing economic downturn, and due to the financial repercussions and disasters the virus has caused.

Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.

The combination of difficulties people have paying rent, mortgages and utility payments, spikes in foreclosures and evictions, asserting tenants’ rights, homelessness and a second wave of the coronavirus this winter will be a brutal burden for tens of thousands of families to bear.

WSOC-TV has launched 9 Crisis Help. The funds collected will go directly to Crisis Assistance Ministry to help people pay essential bills.

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