SAN ANTONIO – because COVID-19 Shutdown, several families have experienced a devastating situation that made it difficult to put food on the table. Leaders from the Resurrection Church in Schertz are working to help alleviate the needs of the community by making sustainable food trips.
“Our church’s main mission is to meet those needs wherever they are, and we think that by doing this, we will help bring a little more relief to our community,” pastor Ray Brown, of the Resurrection Church, said. “Everyone is experiencing something now.”
Among their campuses in Schertz and San Antonio, the Church of the Resurrection is able to collect nearly 5,800 pounds of food that does not rot easily in one week.
Saturday morning, a total of around 50 volunteers gathered on church campuses to meet the target of an additional 8,000 pounds, or 100 barrels of canned food.
AJ Abalos woke up on Saturday morning to load the trunk of his car with a donation.
“I believe that it is our responsibility, to take care of everyone,” Abalos said. “It’s not just being here physically, but we have to go out to the community and help those who need help.”
The volunteers were eager to help reduce donations, but Minister William Jackson said the barrels were not filling as fast as before.
“(Last Saturday) we managed to fill 25 (barrels) in two hours and 43 (barrels) between the two locations, and that was incredible,” Jackson said.
Despite being a major achievement, the Resurrection Church wants to remind people that the need for food will not disappear.
“After those initial rumors, people might feel that we have achieved our goals,” Brown said. “We haven’t. We are doing everything we can to let people know that we are still (collecting food donations).”
Volunteers also try to show their appreciation to all mothers who make donations. Donors such as Abalos receive roses from volunteer Keith Blackmon even before their items are unloaded.
“This is extraordinary,” Abalos said. “(This) is far more than I expected. That’s just an extraordinary blessing. “
Blackmon said it was an honor to help celebrate mothers like Abalos.
“It’s nice to smile on the faces of mothers,” said Blackmon. “(This is to) tell them that we appreciate their contribution and appreciate the fact that they are a mother.”
As for the church, Brown said they would continue to look for ways to provide more assistance to the community.
The main campus of the Resurrection Church is located in Schertz at 1002 E. Live Oak Road. The location of San Antonio is at 16875 Jones Maltsberger Road.
To learn more about their efforts, visit The Resurrection Church Facebook page.
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