"Boxing Out" Hunger This Thanksgiving—Some 150,000 U.S. Poor to Receive Food-Filled "Boxes of Love"

Campus Crusade for Christ
Thursday, 7 November 2002

National Urban Ministry to Sponsor Outreach for the Poor in November; Thousands of Volunteers to Prepare Boxes at NOV. 23 Packing Parties Across Country

Nicknamed "The Crusher" from his days as a bouncer, George Williams is now known for his soft heart. The 53-year-old Atlanta resident and former drug-addict is one of thousands of volunteers who will reach out this Thanksgiving to some 150,000 hungry and poor across the country through "Boxes of Love," a national holiday outreach of urban ministry Here's Life Inner City.

"Boxes of Love" are large, food-filled boxes packed with classic holiday trimmings—ham, stuffing, potatoes, canned vegetables, bread, juice, and desserts—as well as Christian reading materials. The Boxes, which each feed a family of six, will be distributed through neighborhood churches across the country to feed tens of thousands of families Thanksgiving week in dozens of cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Louisville, and Jacksonville.

"I've received several ‘Boxes of Love' over the years, and they are exactly that—Boxes of love, REAL love!" said Williams, who will help Atlanta's New Life Covenant Church distribute Boxes of Love to the poor in his neighborhood.

"‘Boxes of Love' not only helps meet the physical needs of families across the country, but it also helps nourish them emotionally and spiritually," said Ted Gandy, director of New York City-based Here's Life Inner City. "By connecting families with churches in their communities, the project offers a ray of hope in what otherwise might be a dark time in their lives."

"BOXES OF LOVE" PACKING EVENTS: Sat., Nov. 23, approx. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in cities across the U.S. Call (212) 494-0321 for information about volunteering.

TO SPONSOR A BOX: For information on how to sponsor a "Box of Love," call (212) 494-0321.

Here's Life Inner City is the national urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the largest Christian ministries in the world. Here's Life responds to the growing epidemic of poverty and despair in the inner city by equipping more than 1,000 churches and organizations nationwide with resources and educational programs to meet the needs of the poor in their communities. Here's Life began in 1983 in New York City with a staff of 10 and has grown to reach 18 cities nationwide (including Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York) with more than 190 staff members.

For more information, or to contact Campus Crusade for Christ, see their website at: www.ccci.org

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