WILMINGTON — At Christ the King (CTK) Community Church in Wilmington, members have started a monthly outreach to the homeless.
Beginning in January, church members decided to do a sack lunch outreach every second Sunday of the month. For the January outreach, they prepared 24 bags.
“We have no idea how many homeless live in Wilmington, so 24 just seemed like a reasonable number to start at. We will adjust this number in the future if needed,” said Michelle Gibson, who is the one in charge of the service project.
In January, they passed out all 24 sack lunches.
“All recipients were men, I believe. They were all very appreciative. A few even tried to turn down the gift, but we urged them to take one, if for nothing else, for the $5 Wendy’s gift card,” Gibson said.
The bags contain more than lunch.
“We also provide items that we see as useful to them, such as chapstick, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, et cetera. We also include a $5 gift card to an area fast food restaurant for later use,” she said.
On the second Sunday in February, which happened to fall on Valentine’s Day, the plastic zipper storage bags were almost overflowing. One member brought in a box of compact New Testaments to include this month along with the other non-perishable items.
Gibson and CTK Wilmington Pastor Paul Klemetsen both mentioned they hope another church may feel inspired to take another Sunday each month and do the same.
Why is CTK doing this service project?
“We are doing it because we believe these people have value, God loves them just as much as He loves us, and Jesus died for all of humanity. We just want to show them that we care about them,” Gibson said.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.