"Take what you need. Leave what you can."
Our Blessing Box is located on the southwest corner of our property, right next to the parking lot. People in our community who are in need of food and personal items can stop by 24 hours a day to take what they need. Anyone can donate to the Blessing Box, either by leaving items in the box or, if it's too full, dropping them off inside the building during regular business hours or on Sunday. Visitors to our building are also encouraged to help restock the box anytime they notice it's low by filling it with items in the bin located in our lobby.
You can find out more about other Blessing Boxes in Manhattan on the "Blessing Boxes for Manhattan" Facebook page.
Here are some ideas for items that you can donate to the Blessing Box:
***all items should be new and unopened***
Food Items: granola bars, breakfast cereal (individual boxes/cups), instant oatmeal (cups/packets), dry soup (packets/cups), ramen, mac & cheese (cups/boxes), peanut butter & cracker packs, cheese & cracker packs, instant coffee singles, hot cocoa packets, koolaid mixes, pasta, dry pasta sauce mixes, crackers, chips (individual bags), rice, dried beans, boxed/bagged rice/noodle/potato dishes, seasoning packets, dry milk, pudding/jello cups*, jelly*, canned fruit/vegetables*, canned pasta sauce*, peanut butter*
Personal Items: bar soap, deodorant, wet wipes, razors, shaving cream, laundry soap powder (small boxes), toothpaste, tooth brushes, gloves, stocking hats, hand warmers, tissues, toilet paper, feminine sanitary products, shampoo*, lotion*, dish soap*
*Items marked with a * can only be left in the box when temperatures are above freezing. If you have questions about the Blessing Box, please contact the church office or the Board of Mission.
Read: an invitation to "Be a Blessing"