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Church celebrates new year by giving back to the community

Updated: Jan. 3, 2021 at 1:51 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The pandemic has taken a toll on most, making purchasing necessities more difficult. The St. Paul A.M.E. church in Jonesboro had a Community Giveaway event on Saturday to help out during difficult times.

The parking lot was packed, and a large line formed at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Some of the items distributed include hygiene items, mattresses, home decor, diapers, and electronics.

Pastor Jeremy Jones says the pandemic, mixed with the March tornado, has left people hurting, and they aim to give back.

“The last time we had a giveaway, we had families that really lost everything due to the pandemic, and so just to be able to supply that need and to be able to instill the word of God while they’re here, it’s just a blessing,” said Jones.

There were no requirements to get supplies.

Jones says they want to be a light to the community during a difficult time.

“Several families are struggling during this time of COVID; Jonesboro is still trying to recuperate from the tornado that came through,” said Jones. “So many families have lost everything and so us doing this along and prayerfully other churches that will jump on board as well, will be able to supply the needs, meet the needs of those families within the community.”

All of the items were provided through the nonprofit City Serve.

Any church can get involved and host an item distribution event too. To find out more, click here.

To find out more information on future Community Giveaway days at St. Paul A.M.E, click here.

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