Church Lends A Hand

by Christa Lollis

Free groceries isn't what most parents receive when they pick their kids up from daycare but today a local church was doing just that. They're hoping the small bag of groceries helps ease the burden of raising a family. "This is rough times in America and everyone's kind of hitting different spots in their life so it certainly helps everybody," Children's Pastor, Michael Dante says.

Members of First Assembly of God handed out 100 bags of groceries to the parents at kids academy. The church says it's their way to reach out to the community and make sure even through economic hardship families in Lufkin don't suffer. They handed out cereal, milk, bananas and oatmeal and hopefully saved parents a few bucks. "It's not a lot that we're giving out. I mean it certainly makes a difference. Milk prices have gone up and hey, anything free is usually pretty good," Dante told KTRE. And the parents seemed happy with the offering.

Now the church hopes other daycare's in the area will also help them serve the community. "I think the daycare's are about helping the kids as well it's not just a babysitting service. Daycare's really want to make a difference in the life of the child and so they see the idea of helping with the family. If the kids got a good home life it will help them out for a long long time," Dante explains. The church has plans to continue in their ministries and to provide help to families in East Texas.