This holiday season Cross Christian Academy, Milford Church of the Nazarene and Hardee’s have created a partnership to help feed local families during the months of November and December. Beginning on Wednesday, November 13 students from Cross Christian Academy began collected canned and non-perishable goods at the local Milford Hardee’s, located in the Milford Plaza, during each week this month. Their goal is to feed several families this season through the Church of Nazarene Food Pantry.
General Manager of the Milford Hardee’s Trynissa DeShields, is excited to host the Cross Academy in their community outreach efforts to help those less fortunate. DeShields emphasizes that donations can be made at the Milford location seven days a week, during operating hours.
“I thought that this partnership would be a great opportunity for Hardee’s to give back to the community,” commented Trynissa. “It has been a rough year for many people and prices continue to rise everywhere. If we can help two or three families this year, it will make a special Thanksgiving for those individuals.”
This year will mark the forth year that Cross Christian Academy and Hardee’s have collected donations for area families. Sports Director at The Cross, Donald Porter, stated that for students at The Cross Christian Academy, community outreach is as important for the students’ experience as academics and athletics.
“The school is community-minded, it is good for the kids to understand that there are others outside their normal circles in life and that some of them are less fortunate,” stated Porter. “As the school grows we want to grow our outreach to the community.”
Cross student Sarah Bilbrough, who is in eleventh grade, is enjoying the opportunity to give back to local families. “It feels really good to help people out,” she said. “It is a humbling experience to see there are people less fortunate than you and to be able to help them.”
Reverend Butch, Assistant Pastor at the Milford Church of Nazarene, is thankful to have the assistance of the Cross Christian Academy students as the church continues its food pantry through its fifteenth year.
“It is fantastic to see the students become a part of the pantry,” commented Pastor Butch. “I enjoy watching the kids helping their community at a young age, their desire to want to serve usually stays with them as they grow older.”
The Milford Church of Nazarene Food Pantry feeds over 70 families per week in addition to emergency food services for the Greater Milford Area. To find out more information about the food pantry individuals are encouraged to call (302) 422-7489.