JACKSON, Tenn. – Two churches in the region give back this Good Friday.
The First Assembly of God in Jackson works to help those who serve the community by organizing donations to restaurant workers across Jackson.
“Our restaurants and restaurant workers were some of the hardest hit by lack of work, lack of activities, business closures, reduced income, so we just wanted to do something to try and strain. stand up and make a difference for them, ”said Senior Pastor Garry Martin.
On April 12 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the church will open its doors to these employees to collect a care package filled with household supplies, food and other items.
On Friday there were a total of 150 treatment boxes in the room, but Martin says that by giving birth he hopes it will be a total of 200.
He says the overall impact he wants to have on each server is just to make them smile.
“You walk into a restaurant and one of the first things they say is we’re here to take care of you today. Well, we just want to show them in turn that we care, we noticed, we understand, we feel their pain and we want to try to make them smile and let them know that not only we care, but that Jesus- Christ cares, ”Martin said.
Straight Way Apostolic Faith Church in Jackson also dropped donations to the Dream Center on Friday, providing women with toilet paper, baby items and household items.
“We decided at the women’s forum that often there are a lot of women who struggle more than us, and our way of giving back to the community is by donating these items,” said Mitiz Merriweather, with Straight Manner.
Merriweather says her church wanted to recognize the Dream Center for all the work it does on behalf of women and children.
“Even in this time of COVID, there are those who still care. Even though some of us may have been affected financially or in health, we will make this personal sacrifice to show that we support the ministry of the Dream Center, ”said Merriweather.
Staff at the center say they are blown away by what the church has been able to do for them in just three weeks of fundraising.
“We are just thankful that these women, who are the kings of the girl, can come in and bless our ladies because we want these women to know if they have been a prostitute or if they have stolen things no matter what. in life has been, may Jesus Christ give them a whole new chance, ”said Stephanie Laffoon, Dream Center campaign manager.
Laffoon says those items couldn’t have come at a better time – Good Friday with Easter right around the corner – because every item donated is essential for the needs of the Dream Center.