Operation Blessing warms hearts, bodies
Published 11:01 am Friday, October 30, 2015
Brookhaven Outreach Ministries’ giveaway project, Operation Blessing, will help meet the needs of several hundred people today — though it could use just a little help, too.
Operation Blessing, which helps prepare those in need for the upcoming winter months, will take place today at the BOM distribution center on 101 East Court St. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and people must arrive with a ticket by 2 p.m. to participate. No tickets will be given away today. Items to be given to those in need include food items, hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, household items, winter clothes and blankets.
BOM Organization President Rev. Jerry Durr said 220 families are registered for today’s Operation Blessing, and the ministry has a few needs. Durr said the ministry could use a few more volunteers at 12:30 p.m., and is running short on blankets. Those who wish to volunteer or donate may visit the center starting at 9 a.m. or call 833-1350 for more information.
“We pass out blankets, coats, hygiene supplies, food items…” Durr said. “We want to bless the community especially because we are entering into those winter months. We are trying to meet the needs of the community.”
Participants will enjoy a short program before going around the center to gather the things they need. Families and individuals fill out eligibility forms prior to receiving any of the free items.
For the past 27 years, Durr said, Brookhaven Outreach Ministries has sought to meet the needs of the people in the community in the Christian spirit. Through its weekly offering of free groceries and annual giveaways, the organization has touched thousands of lives to help ease burdens.
The upcoming holiday season is BOM’s busiest time, with a higher demand for items for the Thanksgiving and Christmas giveaways.
“We want to be a blessing to those who are in need,” Durr said.