M4A partnering with local churches for care package campaign
By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor
The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging recently began a campaign in order to help make sure seniors and those with disabilities have the household supplies they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Alabama earlier this year, M4A has contacted all its clients who are at a greater risk of losing their independence and in desperate need of emergency household supplies,” said the organization in a release. “As a response to meet their needs, M4A launched a new ‘Critical Needs Fund’ campaign that aims to connect members of the community with a safety net for our vulnerable clients.”
Lomax Assembly of God in Chilton County reached out to M4A to offer its assistance for the campaign.
“This public-private partnership with M4A and Lomax Assembly of God was unprecedented, and within just three days, Lead Pastor Erron Price, Associate Pastor Chris Newton, and many members of their congregation volunteered their time and passion to purchase and deliver gift care packages to 45 homebound clients all across the county,” said M4A. “Pastors Price and Newton shared that Lomax Assembly is committed to bringing love and compassion to their community through serving others in their time of need. This project provided them the opportunity to share their love and compassion for their community and meet the needs of their vulnerable residents across the county in partnership with M4A.”
Among the volunteers from Lomax Assembly of God who helped pass out the care packages were Jerry and Malynne Wells.
“We were so blessed to be a part of the team that delivered needed household products and food items to our community’s most beautiful people!” The duo said. “It was an honor to be able to minister and pray with the fifteen people/families we visited. They were so loving and appreciative and had such a positive outlook. Most were not even aware of their current situations; poverty and/or sickness. Their focus was giving glory to God for what He has provided. We were honored to say the least, and humbled, by this experience. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to minister.”
M4A is seeking further partners from faith-based organizations to help with this campaign.
Anyone interested in learning more may visit www.m4a.org.
According to the organization’s website, “M4A’s mission is to help all individuals access information, assistance, and resources that will empower them to self-advocate, live independently, and enjoy the highest quality of life. M4A specializes in serving older adults and individuals with disabilities.”
M4A serves Blount, Chilton, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties.
Anyone interested in learning more about Lomax Assembly of God and how you can get involved can call their office at 205-755-9587 or visit www.lomaxag.com.
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