POMEROY — “Take what you need, bring what you can, above all be blessed.”
Those words are on the sign above the blessing box installed Saturday next to the Meigs County Courthouse, as well as the thought behind the placement of the box in Pomeroy.
A few weeks ago local residents Scott and Mary Warner approached the Meigs County Commissioners about placing a Blessing Box on property near the courthouse, something that was unanimously approved by the commissioners.
The Warners and the commissioners determined that a location in the grass area between the courthouse and sheriff’s office would be an ideal location for the box, and this weekend it was set in place.
At the time of the approval by the commissioners, Scott Warner told the commissioners that the box would be something for the community, allowing for everyone to get involved, whether placing items in the box or taking the items they need.
The box is a way of “showing the love of Christ to the community of Pomeroy,” said Scott Warner.
The box is not affiliated with a specific church or organization, but is for everyone in the community to get involved, said Warner.
“It is people helping people,” said Warner. “Take what you need, leave what you can,” he said is a sign commonly seen on the boxes.
Where the blessing box provides a a different service than food pantries and similar services, is that it is available 24 hours a day, and may also serve those who are not always willing to ask for the help they may need.
There are several donated items already in place in the box, with room for more to be added by those in the community.
A similar box is located in Racine and was organized by the Carmel-Sutton United Methodist Church Friendship Circle.
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