Blessing Boxes by Paul Gangarosa
LOCAL MINISTRY BLESSES THOSE IN NEED
By Paul Gangarosa
Charleston has a new way to help our less fortunate neighbors.
In April 2017, James Island resident Katie Dahlheim read about a project in Arkansas being used to provide immediate assistance to those need.
The idea is a “blessing box”, a small cabinet which lets people either give or receive aid. Their motto is “Leave what you can, take what you need”.
The concept is simple: people who are able to help can leave non-perishable items such as canned food, pasta, rice, cereal, crackers, diapers, baby formula, dog/cat food, school supplies, and other products and those in need simply come by the box and take what they require.
The Blessing Boxes can be of any size or configuration. While there are plans for building them, Dahlheim has seen all sorts of items converted into Blessing Boxes.
“We have kitchen cabinets, jewelry boxes, DVD cabinets being used as Blessing Boxes. My first Blessing Box was an old kitchen cabinet with a top added”.
Dahlheim wanted people to have an easy way to help others. “People are generous but very busy,” she explains, “Blessing Boxes provide that simple way to give back and be a blessing to those in need”.
Dahlheim collects no information regarding how many people are helped. The boxes are located throughout the Lowcountry.
If you would like more information, would like to contribute, or would like to create a Blessing Box, contact Katie Dahlheim at firstname.lastname@example.org There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chsblessingbox/
Here is a list, current as of March 2018, of the Blessing Box locations in the Lowcountry:
Box #1 - 1919 Bolton St (N Chas Rec Center)
Box #2 - 1622 Mulberry St (Ardmore, West Ashley)
Box #3 - 302 Ashley Ave (downtown, near Crosstown)
Box #4 - 1389 N Highway 52, Moncks Corner (Living Tees)
Box #5 - 5605 Katy Hill Rd, Wadmalaw Island (Wadmalaw Island Community / Senior Center)
Box #6 - 822 Pinckney St, McClellanville (MCVL Realty)
Box#7 - 310 Porcher Ave, Eutawville (Full Deliverance Gospel Church)
Box #8 - 1125 E Montague Ave (N Chas United Methodist Church)
Box #9 - 828 Folly Rd, James Island (Hair duJour)
Box #10 - 1601 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (Grace UMC Charleston SC)
Box #11 - The Bend, 3775 Azalea Dr, North Charleston
Box #12 - 2812 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island (Southern Brews Coffee)
Box #13 - 690 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant (Hibben UMC)
Box #14 - 610 N Cedar St, Summerville (behind Oscar's of Summerville)
Box #15 - 102 Marilyn Street, Goose Creek (Law Offices of DeLuca Maucher)
Box #16 - 3988 Lucian St, 10 Mile, Awendaw
Box #17 - 2704 Saratoga Rd, N Chas (Dorchester Waylyn)
Box #18 - Laundry Matters, 51 Reid Street, Charleston's Eastside
Box #19 - 1120 Mail Route Road, Bonneau (Victory Baptist Church)
Box #20 - 1615 Charity Church Rd, Huger (Merritt's Blessing Box)
Box #21 - 7610 Dorchester Rd, N Chas (Second Chance Auto Club)
Box #22 - 1527 Clements Ferry Rd. (St Paul Baptist Church)
Box #23 - Sangaree Library, 595 Sangaree Parkway, Summerville
Box #24 - 102 Sangaree Park Ct, Summerville
Box #25 - 3357 Fairview Drive, Ladson
Box #26 - 1202 Dickson Ave, Hanahan
**Box #27 - COMING SOON to 438 Marketplace Dr, Summerville (Church at Cane Bay)
Box #28 - 209 Mikel Drive, Summerville (Quail Arbor)
#29 - The #CommunityCabinet for clothing donations is on America Street near the playground by the old Fraser Elementary school.
Box #30- Muddy Creek Farmer's Market (by Hardee’s at 165), Ravenel
**Box #31 - COMING SOON to 2037 Bees Ferry Rd. (Star Motor Service)
Box #32 - Philip Simmons Elementary, 2095 Seven Sticks Road, Wando
Box # 33 - 1517 Greenbay Drive, N Chas (Charleston Farms)
Box #34 - 1633 Sumner Ave, North Charleston (Charleston Farms Community Center)
Box #35 - 27 Westfield Ave, Goose Creek
Box #36 - 106 E. Doty St, Summerville (Little Cottage Community Café)