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Akron church hopes to make big impact on community during coronavirus pandemic

Wingfoot Church in Akron determined to make a difference during this time of need.
Credit: Romney Smith, 3News

AKRON, Ohio — Wingfoot Church in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood in Akron has a couple dozen members, but the small church is determined to make a big impact during this time of need.

One volunteer held a direction sign while the others directed traffic and distributed bags of food from the back of a truck for free! Jon Ashley is the Pastor of Wingfoot Church and says the goal of the drive through food drive is to help their community by feeding local families.

Credit: Romney Smith, 3News

“If we can show up, even from a distance and say ‘hey, here’s a bag of food’, it lets you take a minute so you don’t have to think about lunch and you don’t have to think about breakfast. So just kind of hope, it provides just a little bit of hope,” says Ashley.

For the second week in a row, Wingfoot Church is helping bridge a gap some of its members noticed in the community.

“Whether people have just lost a job and they aren’t yet sure where the food pantries are or if they’re just a mom who can’t make the food pick up in the morning, she can drive by and get a bag of groceries,” says Ashley.

The bag of food is welcomed by those in need.

Credit: Romney Smith, 3News

“Well I’ve got some grandchildren that need some food. And they can’t get out so I’m bringing it to them. So you do what you gotta do when people need help,” says a grandmother who drove through the food drop off line.

Proving that even a small but growing church can have a huge effect on its community. Providing a bag of food, and a note of support and inspiration.

“We feel the fear. We feel the uncertainty, but we want people to know that Jesus loves them and we love them too, even if it’s just in a bag of groceries,” says Ashley.

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