A 'Blessing Box' is creating a sense of community in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - You may have noticed something different on the corner of 11th and Bluff street in Wichita Falls.

On Friday, February 24th, a 'Blessing Box' was put up on the open corner, down the street from The Corner Community Center on 10th street.

Director, Jeremy Aaron, said the idea was sparked by his wife after she had seen videos online of other 'blessing boxes' and their success across the country.

"When we saw that, we talked to some people that are a lot smarter than us and we said, what do you think? Everybody seemed very excited. So, we thought we have nothing to lose by trying it so it was kind of a step out on faith to see what it would be like," Aaron said.

The standing cabinet was made by members of the Tenth and Broad Church of Christ. The cabinet was found in the church and given some TLC before being put up on the corner.

It has a message on the side that reads, "Take what you need, bring what you can."

Since it was put up, Aaron said it has been seeing quite a bit of traffic.

"I've had a great response from the community," he said.

Aaron is excited about what this small gesture can mean for other neighborhoods in Wichita Falls.

"The one box may (...) not do a whole lot. But if every church, or community center, or business would just take it upon themselves to do something like this; just to be in charge of one box, think of the impact that would make on our city," Aaron said.

If you would like to donate to the 'blessing box' it needs to be a non-perishable food item, toiletry, or small toy.

A list of approved items includes:

Canned Goods 
Boxed Goods
Ramen Noodles
Sugar
Flour 
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Cough Drops
Gum
Mints
Feminine Hygiene Products
Hand Sanitizer
Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste
Gold Bond Foot Powder
Chap Stick
Band-Aids
Nail Clippers
Combs
Small Toys (Coloring Books, Crayons, etc...)
Laundry Soap, Dish Soap
New Socks
New Gloves
Hand Warmers
Kleenex
Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Baby Food, Baby Products

If you have a lot to donate or the 'blessing box' is full you can drop off your items at The Corner Community Center on the corner of 10th and Bluff.

If you would like to check out the non-profit's facebook page click here.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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