Blessings come in all shapes and sizes – and, for one local congregation – in a box located at their place of worship.

The All Saints Episcopal Church is dedicating the “All Saints Blessing Box” – open for anyone in the community to “give what you can and take what you need.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for noon on Thursday at the church, located at 1151 W. Columbia St. at noon on Thursday.

The Blessing Box serves as a miniature pantry – filled with non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items and household needs as well. There is no lock on the box and it can be utilized 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The church’s location along a busy section of road in town made a perfect location for the box – along with the close proximity to apartment complexes and foot traffic from the high school and civic center.

Krissy Bender-Crice explained the box is available for those who have a need – whatever the reason may be – and will contain a variety of products.

The box was constructed by Randy Besher with Rustic Pallet Furniture and Projects, volunteering his time and talents to construct the box for the church.

Plans call for the box to be stocked with canned goods, boxed goods and quick meals. In addition, Bender-Crice said there will be personal hygiene kits stocked as needed and cosmetic items, along with household cleaning necessities.

A Facebook page – All Saints Blessing Box – has been created, with hopes of those donating items to send a private message about what has been left so administrators can in turn share the information on the page.

Plus, she said, the box will be a perfect location during summer harvest season for those who have an abundance of produce to share – with the social media page allowing the word to get out quickly.

Donations for the box are being accepted the day of the ribbon cutting. Members of the congregation hope to add another box in Farmington in 2018.

For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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