By Jessica Willis for The Island Eye News
On Feb. 24, members of two local churches, the Church of the Holy Cross and Sullivan’s Island Baptist, came together on a beautiful Saturday morning to invite their neighbors to “give back and give hope.” Station by Station, they visited nearly every home on Sullivan’s Island with grocery bags and an invitation to participate in the food drive. Over the next week, the people of Sullivan’s Island responded generously. Two hundred and eighty five bags of food donations were collected and church buildings were flooded with the inventory.
The food drive came out of an ongoing partnership between Church of the Holy Cross and Sullivan’s Island Baptist. Both church communities recognize that even as many of us face few daily needs, there are those nearby who do face hunger and financial need.
“Pastor Steve Little and I were sitting around one day talking about the needs in our area and recognized that many in our churches and our community had the ability to help others and to give hope,” said Trevor Spencer, Executive Pastor at Church of the Holy Cross. “And we thought our neighbors would want to participate in blessing those in need, too.”
East Cooper Community Outreach is a community organization that serves many types of needs for those who live and work in the East Cooper region. They serve individuals and families with a range of services including food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, medical care, counseling, educational opportunities, job preparedness, along with many other community services. More information about ECCO can be found at ECCOCharleston.org.
Holy Cross and Sullivan’s Island Baptist wish to thank all their neighbors on Sullivan’s Island who joined in serving the poor and hungry in the East Cooper area. Residents gave generously and because of that many families will have food to sustain them. Both parishes believe there is still much more to do and they look forward to partnering together again to serve others, to give back and to give hope.