“Blessing box” dedicated to the Church of St. Therese in Hellertown
Food insecure families in the Hellertown area will have another resource available to them, thanks to the generosity of volunteers who dedicated two âblessing boxesâ outside the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday. Saint-ThÃ©rÃ¨se 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-ThÃ©rÃ¨se, 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.
On Saturday, a âblessing of the boxesâ 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