Assembling 130 comfort kits for the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter was one of more than 40 projects carried out by First Baptist Church members Sunday during their Mission JC Day.
“It’s one of those projects we’d love to do each year when we do Mission JC,” said Melissa Hatfield, the church’s pastor of Youth and Missions. “It gets people thinking. They can make donations early on. It’s a great project for a class to put together and we know the needs of the Red Cross are ongoing.”
The church cancelled worship service during Mission JC, which is in its second year. Members instead assembled in small groups and went out to serve the community.
“It’s a way to give back and show our love and appreciation for the city, the ministries that work here and the people that live here,” Hatfield said.
Church members, departments and groups began collecting personal hygiene items for the comfort kits about a month ago.
Hatfield said some shaving cream, shampoos and conditioners had to be purchased to even out the donated contents of the bags, which the Red Cross supplied,.
“We are so fortunate First Baptist Church took on this project,” said Dave Griffith, the Heart of Missouri Chapter’s executive director. “These comfort kits will be put to good use. They are always needed.”
The church’s Gordon Barnes Class, individuals from local group homes who come to church each week for Sunday school, took on the task of assembling the kits Sunday.
“There were nine special needs adults who worked hard to put them all together,” Hatfield said.
The completed kits were delivered to the Red Cross Monday.
Chapter volunteers provide comfort kits to individuals and families in the Heart of Missouri’s 21-county service area who lose their home in a disaster, such as a fire, flood or storm.
Church members assembled comfort kits for the chapter twice before.