Jonesboro church helps low-income families

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro church took to the streets to serve its community. 

New St. John Baptist Church passed out diapers and other supplies to low-income parents in the Cedar Ridge Apartment Complex.

The church's outreach ministry identified this area as one of the neediest in the city.

"There's a lot of families out here that's on a fixed income and with babies, it's hard," Cedar Ridge Complex resident Mary Arnold said. "I would know because I'm a mother of four."

Arnold is not only a mother of four, but a grandmother of 19. She came to the local diaper drive to get supplies for them.

"This is such a blessing for what they do for the kids out here," Arnold said.

The church passed out diapers, wipes, bottles and more, things Arnold said are difficult to afford.

"Pampers are expensive, wipes," Arnold said. "Babies are expensive."

Arnold is also unemployed so her funds are limited for her kids and grandkids. The church's pastor said that's why they did this: to relieve these families' wallets. 

"What we're doing is just to build up the community," Pastor Ted Taylor said. "Show them some love."

Pastor Taylor said he sees the need in this community every day.

"Some of them are going through some things so we're here to just help, help lift them up from where they are," Taylor said. "Show brotherly love toward one another. That's the most important thing."

Arnold said she and her family are grateful for the church's generosity.

"Thank God for them," Arnold said. "That's all I can say. Thank God for the people that do what they do for us. No complaints."

Over the past two years, the church has helped more than 500 parents with this event.

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