“Blessing box” dedicated to the Church of St. Therese in Hellertown


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Photo credit: Chris Christian

Girl Scout Troop 8948 and Hayden Jebitsch, a member of Sainte-Thérèse, Lower Saucon Township, stand with Reverend John Krivak and Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman in front of two blessing boxes they built that were devoted Saturday. Blessing boxes will be filled with non-perishable food items and hygiene items that anyone in need can pick up.

Food insecure families in the Hellertown area will have another resource available to them, thanks to the generosity of volunteers who dedicated two “blessing boxes” outside the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday. Saint-Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

A blessing box is another name for a micro office; a small cabinet usually mounted somewhere outside, in which non-perishable foods and sometimes other essential household items are stored so that anyone in need can come and pick them up for free.

A number of blessing boxes located in public spaces around Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township are filled with food donations thanks to members of the Hellertown / Lower Saucon Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook group.

The group was created to help financially struggling families during the coronavirus pandemic, and “a lot of good things have come out of it,” Member Maria Smith said.

Two boxes in Lower Saucon Township have been set up over the past year and a half, she said, and the group has also collected gift cards, raising more than $ 500 in the process.

With the help of other members of Girl Scout Troop 8948, the two new church blessing boxes were built by Hayden Jebitsch, a member of Sainte-Thérèse, of the township of Lower Saucon, as part of a Silver Award project. One box will be filled with food, while the other will be filled with sanitation items that families in difficulty also need.

Photo credit: Chris Christian

A “blessing of the boxes” ceremony was held on Saturday to celebrate the opening of two new blessing boxes outside the Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, along Avenue Wilson in the borough of Hellertown. The boxes were built by a local Girl Scout with help from other troop members as part of a Silver Award project, and will be stocked with food and other supplies for families in need.

On Saturday, a “blessing of the boxes” ceremony was held to celebrate their installation, attended by Reverend John Krivak of St. Theresa’s and Mayor David Heintzelman of Hellertown, as well as members of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors group.

As of October 24, there were seven boxes spread throughout the Saucon Valley, including the most recent in St. Theresa’s at 1408 Easton Road (the boxes can be found along Wilson Avenue).

The others are at:

  • Christ Lutheran Church, 69 Main Street, Hellertown
  • Dewey Fire Co., 502 Durham Street, Hellertown
  • Hellertown Borough Hall, 685 Main Street, Hellertown
  • First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown
  • Lower Saucon Town Hall Park, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem
  • Steel City Park, 2122 Riverside Drive, Bethlehem

Anyone can help fill the boxes with items like canned goods and pasta boxes. All food items that are donated must be unopened and not expired.

The boxes are accessible 24 hours a day.

For more information on how you can help, join the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook group and follow the Hellertown / Lower Saucon Blessing Boxes page.

Photos of Chris Christian

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