C.R.O.S.S. Ministry and Dawn's Daughter Unite | News
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC)- The holiday season puts just about everybody in the giving mood. Many of us tend to get an extra pep in our step and look for ways to help our neighbors in need. Even if you don't have any extra money because we know times are tough for many more people this year, you can still make a huge difference by cleaning out your closet.
Feeding and clothing the needy is more than a suggestion for the members of Bethel A.M.E. Church. "It's a good feeling, but it is what we are supposed to do. What the word of God says is feed the hungry and clothe the naked," explained Rev. Richie Williams.
They fulfill that mission through the C.R.O.S.S. Ministry. "C.R.O.S.S. Ministry stands for citizens relying on spiritual servants. We provide food and clothing," said Youth Pastor Terry Satterfield.
For nearly a decade, people in need have been coming to the church to get what they need to make ends meet. The program really took off after several families in Louisiana, who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, were relocated to Hinesville. This church adopted them - supplying all of their needs. Even after they got back on their feet, Bethel never stopped reaching out to help their neighbors in need. "We started gathering things for people. If something happens on the news or any kind of disaster like a house burning down families from Glennville to Jesup, we said we would have these things set aside so that if someone lost everything, they could come here for these items. When we said we wanted to help, we meant it. Even if I don't have it, I will get it," said the program's Executive Director Tanya Pridgen.
What I am hoping to do with my new vision of Dawn's Daughter's Closet is become a part of what they are doing and get young people involved with actually donating clothes to their peers. So many times students sit in classrooms and have no idea that their classmates don't have the very basics. They collect clothes, food, etc. for children in foreign countries and have no idea the need that exists right here at home.
"A lot of people don't realize even here in this county that there are people out here who do not have the funds. They are really hurting. From us serving the breakfast to handing out clothing and housing accessories that we have, if we can help, we are going to try to assist," added Pridgen.
C.R.O.S.S. Ministry accepts everything including clothes, food, household items - you name it. The best part is people who need help, never have to pay for the donations.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, call the church at 912.369.2417 or Program Director Tanya Pridgen at 912.980.6714.
If you live around here, you can drop your donations off at the station for me. I have a bin for donations right under my desk and I will make sure everything gets where it belongs.
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