Longview church volunteers shine hope from a safe distance

During this unprecedented event of social distancing and sheltering in place, many families are facing unemployment and wondering where their next meal will come from. New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, is helping with that need and delivering boxes of hope to Buckner Family Pathways and Buckner Family Hope Center families.

Volunteers from New Beginnings placed a box of food and necessities on the doorstep of 16 families served by Buckner. Inside, the families cheered as the box was delivered. The special delivery consisted of basic needs such as bread, cereal, peanut butter and more.

“We are so thankful for New Beginnings’ generous hearts, gracious for their boldness and inspired by their mission and ministry amidst our community,” shared Reagan Maldonado, Buckner ministry engagement coordinator for East Texas. 

In a time where people need to safely quarantine in their homes, it was encouraging for all to see volunteers serving while safely maintaining distance. 

“The volunteers were very conscientious to follow all of our guidelines and policies to keep our families safe, and the families wrote notes to thank them and taped them to their windows and doors,” said Lindsay Miller, director of volunteer engagement for Buckner Children and Family Services.

Not only were the volunteers excited to spend the day serving, the families were overjoyed. Children waved excitedly from the windows as the volunteers left the boxes of food on their doorsteps. 

“Hope is simple, but it has the power to change lives. Hope is shining here in Longview!” Maldonado said. 

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