Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool to keep blessing box at church filled for those in need

By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com
Emory Church puts hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool's new blessing box. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Mylin Weddington places hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool's new blessing box. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Emily Murphy helps fill the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool's new blessing box Friday morning. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
The preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church, along with the Rev. Stuart Taylor and Wayne Stone, show off their new blessing box, which will provide food for those in need in the parking lot of the church, across N.C. 268 from Elkin Municipal Park. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Chloe Shugart places food in the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box Friday with the help of the Rev. Stuart Taylor following a dedication of the box, which will provide food for those in need in the community. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Callen Shugart places a box of food for the needy in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Brantley Alexander gets some help reaching the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box to fill it Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Zoey Murphy reaches to place a can of green beans in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Shiloh Price helps fill the blessing box in the parking lot of Elkin Presbyterian Church Friday morning. The preschoolers are tasked with helping keep the box filled for those in need. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Charlotte Blackburn places nonperishable food items in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool's new blessing box Friday. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Malley Cranford makes sure a jar of peanut butter makes it in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool's new blessing box Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Wayne Stone is presented with a hand-made plaque from the preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church for his craftsmanship in making the new blessing box, which they fill with food Friday morning following a short dedication. The box, in the parking lot of the church, will provide food for those in need in the community. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

A new program at Elkin Presbyterian Church is expanding to a partnership with the church’s preschoolers who will help provide food for those in need in the community.

On Friday, the youngsters and their teachers gathered in the parking lot of the church, across N.C. 268 Business from the entrance to Elkin Municipal Park, along with the Rev. Stuart Taylor and Wayne Stone, to dedicate their new blessing box. The box follows the same pattern as other free food pantry boxes popping up in the area.

The 25 preschoolers and their parents have been tasked with making sure the box stays stocked with nonperishable foods, toiletries and other needed items of which those in the community may be in need.

“Elkin Presbyterian Church is living into a new mission focus for our congregation called Nourishing Body and Soul,” explained Taylor as he began the short dedication Friday morning. “Nourishing Body and Soul in large part means following Jesus by feeding hungry people.”

Misty Cranford, director of the church’s preschool, said the teachers have been working with the children to explain what the blessing box is for and why it is needed. “We are hoping that it will not only serve as a blessing to our community and those in need, but as a way to instill kindness, generosity, love and giving into the minds and hearts of our children,” she said.

“Children often learn by example and we are hoping that by modeling this behavior it will teach them the importance of caring for others,” she said. “Big changes in the world begin by teaching our children to love and care about others and hopefully this will be one step in that direction. We know that our children here at Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool have the potential to go out into the world and do great things; we just want to make sure that they always think of others during that process.”

Taylor said, “In partnership with our preschool, we are happy to dedicate this food pantry, a blessing box if you will, in service to the larger community. We intend to get the word out that if your own pantry is looking bare, there is food available for you here.”

He thanked Stone for “his craftsmanship in designing and building this blessing box,” and the staff, children and families of the preschool for their support in the project.

Chloe Shugart, one of the preschoolers, said she is excited about the box, “because no one has food, so people can come and get it out of the blessing box.”

Zoey Murphy, a preschooler, added, “We give people some stuff they should have.”

“Other people need toothpaste and toothbrushes,” said preschooler Chase Branon. His sister, Elin, added, “Because people need food.”

The blessing box can be found in the parking lot of Elkin Presbyterian Church, 151 Hillcrest Drive, Elkin.

Wendy Byerly Wood can be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

Emory Church puts hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-4-formatted.jpgEmory Church puts hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Mylin Weddington places hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-5-formatted.jpgMylin Weddington places hand sanitizer in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Emily Murphy helps fill the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-6-formatted.jpgEmily Murphy helps fill the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-15-formatted.jpgPreschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church, along with the Rev. Stuart Taylor and Wayne Stone, show off their new blessing box, which will provide food for those in need in the parking lot of the church, across N.C. 268 from Elkin Municipal Park.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-1-formatted.jpgThe preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church, along with the Rev. Stuart Taylor and Wayne Stone, show off their new blessing box, which will provide food for those in need in the parking lot of the church, across N.C. 268 from Elkin Municipal Park. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Chloe Shugart places food in the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box Friday with the help of the Rev. Stuart Taylor following a dedication of the box, which will provide food for those in need in the community.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-2-formatted.jpgChloe Shugart places food in the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box Friday with the help of the Rev. Stuart Taylor following a dedication of the box, which will provide food for those in need in the community.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Callen Shugart places a box of food for the needy in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-3-formatted.jpgCallen Shugart places a box of food for the needy in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Brantley Alexander gets some help reaching the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box to fill it Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-7-formatted.jpgBrantley Alexander gets some help reaching the Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool blessing box to fill it Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Zoey Murphy reaches to place a can of green beans in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-8-formatted.jpgZoey Murphy reaches to place a can of green beans in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Shiloh Price helps fill the blessing box in the parking lot of Elkin Presbyterian Church Friday morning. The preschoolers are tasked with helping keep the box filled for those in need.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-9-formatted.jpgShiloh Price helps fill the blessing box in the parking lot of Elkin Presbyterian Church Friday morning. The preschoolers are tasked with helping keep the box filled for those in need. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Charlotte Blackburn places nonperishable food items in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-10-formatted.jpgCharlotte Blackburn places nonperishable food items in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Malley Cranford makes sure a jar of peanut butter makes it in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-11-formatted.jpgMalley Cranford makes sure a jar of peanut butter makes it in Elkin Presbyterian Church Preschool’s new blessing box Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Wayne Stone is presented with a hand-made plaque from the preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church for his craftsmanship in making the new blessing box, which they fill with food Friday morning following a short dedication. The box, in the parking lot of the church, will provide food for those in need in the community.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-12-formatted.jpgWayne Stone is presented with a hand-made plaque from the preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church for his craftsmanship in making the new blessing box, which they fill with food Friday morning following a short dedication. The box, in the parking lot of the church, will provide food for those in need in the community. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-13-formatted-formatted.jpgPreschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-14-formatted.jpgPreschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Preschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_box-16-formatted.jpgPreschoolers at Elkin Presbyterian Church fill the new blessing box with food Friday morning.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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