Outreach ministry provides more than food and clothing
For the past 20 years Isaiah House Ministries has been providing food and clothing to needy families. Saturday they gave out 1,000 coats and 500 blankets, but they also try to provide something to warm the spirit (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -
Imagine being outside during these cold winter months with no coat to help keep warm. That would be the reality for some Tri-State families if not for the generosity of others.
For the past 20 years Isaiah House Ministries has been providing food and clothing to needy families. Saturday they gave out 1,000 coats and 500 blankets, but they also try to provide something to warm the spirit.
They come from all over greater Cincinnati to get food, clothing and toys for the kids, but Isaiah House Outreach Coordinator, John Eldridge, says they want to offer them encouragement.
“Give them a hug and find out the names of their kids and get to know the folks and we see them go from a place like this to a place like this, that yes someone knows me and I matter and for a moment I'm out of my very difficult situation,” said Eldridge.
Eldridge says year after year the number of families in need keeps growing.
“The numbers are up, but we're also finding that there are families who now are taking care of their aging parents and raising their younger children and the demands of doing that in a household is very difficult in time and resources,” Eldridge.
Between the outreach locations in Covington and Ludlow Eldridge says Isaiah house today gave away 65-thousand pounds of food.
“We really believe in abundantly blessing people and giving them something that they can go home and be excited about and the food we give them mostly is food that they need to prepare together as a family and that it's a healthy choice and so that they'll sit around the table instead of just sticking it in the microwave,” said Eldridge.
Eldridge says the food comes from generous donors.
“We get a lot of food from a tremendous number of partners...whether they be distribution centers, whether they be individual donors that are doing can drives and organizations. One of the things we love doing we love partnering with the local farmers because it's really fresh and what ever we do we want to build into our local farmers because when we build into the resource of the origin of food it tends to really build the community at large,” said Eldridge.
The next outreach will be held at Saturday Jan. 31 at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Covington and at the Knights of Columbus in Ludlow and they're always looking for volunteers.