Just as the Bible tells the story of Jesus multiplying 5 loaves and 2 fish in order to feed thousands, local churches in the Wauseon School District are coming together to multiply their effectiveness in helping others in their community.
On Wednesday, Aug.2 from 5-7 p.m. at Wauseon Primary School on East Leggett St., approximately one dozen local congregations will offer a variety of items to help individuals and families in need. Wauseon residents can register that day to receive this free assistance by showing an I.D. (driver’s license, birth certificate, custody papers, insurance card) for each member of their family, as well as a Medicaid card, WIC card, Food Stamp card or other paperwork showing need. Childcare will be available while adults are collecting items.
Each church will feature one thing to be shared. The Knights of Columbus will offer a free hotdog meal while people are waiting in line.
Once inside the school they will register and then enter the gym to visit all the church booths. Items available will include socks, school backpacks, school supplies, baby diapers/wipes, laundry soap, vouchers for winter coats, toothbrushes/toothpaste, band aids/first aid cream, deodorant and powder. There will also be a booth with nurses, from various congregations, who will take blood pressure and check glucose for those who interested.
Participating churches this year include Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Caspar’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus organization, First Christian Church, First Church of God, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Master, True North, Congregational Church, and Crossroads. A special thank you to the Wauseon School District for use of the Primary School Building.
The Wauseon Ministerial Association (WMA) hopes that this will become an annual event in the community with more churches signing on to multiply the efforts each year. For information contact the WMA vice-president: Rev. Julie Parsell, Trinity Lutheran Church at 335-5651 or the WMA president: Rev. Mike Berne, Christ United Methodist Church at 790-9006.