‘Blessing Box’ feeds needy in Mulvane

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Employees at the Mulvane Cooperative Union wanted a way to help feed the needy in their community. So they re-purposed a non-working upright cooler and put in bold letters at the top of it "Blessing Box."   

They put it out in the co-op's parking lot and filled it with non-perishable food. It has stenciled letters saying "Take what you need, leave what you can." It's filled with canned soup, boxes of macaroni and cheese, tuna, canned beans, and more.   

When the "Blessing Box" was posted on Facebook, it went viral.

Co-op General Manager Jeremy Nelson said, "The community is supporting it. We have noticed that some of the stuff has been taken. Soups and proteins and stuff. So we're excited. We're only on day three and we hope we are able to fill a need in this community."

When Linda Brown dropped by with a few canned items to put in the Blessing Box, she said, "It's rewarding to be able to help and donate."  

Employees at the Maria Court assisted living center are also donating food to the Blessing Box. Maria Court administrator Pam Darnall said, "We plan to make this a weekly thing and we'll replenish the box with items that can help the needy." 

Nelson said, "We often hear the saying farmers are feeding the world and we wanted to make a difference in our community.  And we talked about how do we give back to the community that has supported this co-op for 50 some years, or better?" 

Nelson hopes the Blessing Box can be a blessing year round.

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