Crosspoint Christian Church representatives, from left, Student Minister Shane Collins, church member Mike Sellers and Senior Pastor Curt Zehner display some of the canned goods already collected for the church’s “30,000 in 30 Days” campaign, an effort to collect items for the Rockdale Emergency Relief Food Bank. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)
The little princesses and cowboys have done their part and now the community is asked to help with the “30,000 in 30 Days” project Crosspoint Christian Church is sponsoring to benefit the Rockdale Emergency Relief Food Bank. The Conyers church is working to restock the food bank shelves with 30,000 items by the end of November.
Costumed children from across the county turned out for the “30,000 in 30 Days” kickoff last week as the church held its annual Trunk or Treat event. The kids brought canned goods as the church gave them candy.
With Young Americans Christian School as a partner, Crosspoint Christian Church will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items through the month of November. Other items on the list of needs include diapers, formula, toilet paper, paper towels and non-perishable supplies.
When the church held its Trunk or Treat event, it offered a good start to helping meet what organizers describe as a growing need in Rockdale County.
“For the month of October, the food bank served 750 residents of Rockdale,” said Mike Sellers, who is a member of the church as well as a board member of the food bank. “We only provide for residents of the county…We feel like those numbers will increase in November and December and through the holidays. The numbers tend to rise in the summer and when school is out and around the holidays.”
Sellers said residents go through a screening process to determine need prior to receiving assistance from the food bank.
“The county businesses and residents throughout the county have been very generous to the food bank,” Sellers said. “Also the school system and private schools and we’re just very fortunate that the whole county community supports our food bank.”
Crosspoint Christian Church will collect items for the food bank Monday through Thursday each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. The church is located at 4550 Highway 20 in Conyers.
“They tell us their shelves are empty,” said Alison Gaddis of Crosspoint Christian, who added that this is the first time the church has partnered on such a major project. The students at Young Americans Christian Academy will also be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the food bank.
“(In the past) we have put out the barrels and had people drop off food, but we’ve never really partnered on a big event like ‘30,000 in 30 Days,’” she said. “We’ve never had a time limit. It puts some excitement in it.”
Gaddis said the church is having a contest between Sunday School classes to see who brings in the greatest number of items for the food bank and said it has created fun and interest in the project.
“We do the community outreach every year with our Trunk or Treat and ‘reach up, reach near, reach far’ is our core verse,” Gaddis said. “This is reaching near into the community. We decided this would be a good time to kick off our biggest ‘reach near’ event at our Trunk or Treat and go through November.”
Last week’s Trunk or Treat was followed up by more donations from church members on Sunday. Earlier this week, Sellers delivered the first load of canned goods and other items to the food bank as “30,000 in 30 Days” now enters its second week.
Gaddis said the church invites the community to help reach this goal to restock the food pantry shelves. Donations can be brought by the church at the times listed above or for more information, call the church at 770-483-1887.
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