Christ Community Church hosted a contactless food drive on May 6 for the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry which raised 22,690 pounds. food at four drop-off points. According to the pantry, this will feed 200 families for a week.
The four drop-off points included the Christ Community Church campuses located in St. Charles, DeKalb and Streamwood.
The Christ Community Aurora Campus used the pantry itself as a drop-off point. Those who donated simply opened their chests for masked and gloved volunteers to unload the food, then pack boxes for the pantry. Twenty-five volunteers organized this event at the four sites.
“I was extremely pleased with the response,” said Community Impact Pastor Kris Eldridge. “People were really grateful that the church organized a food drive for the community.”
The church would love to host more events like this in the future, but until then Eldridge recommends people contact their local communities to see how they can help, such as checking in on elderly and high-risk neighbors with a phone call, or help with meal delivery for the housebound.
“The best way to help our communities is to serve our neighbors. As a church, we have been in a time of loving our neighbors for some time,” Eldridge said. “So there is no time like the present to step in and love our neighbors.”
To learn more about ways to serve, visit the church’s specific COVID-19 page at ccclife.org/covid19serve.
Christ Community Church began in 1984 as a group of six couples who met regularly to study the Bible. Today, more than 5,000 weekend attendees gather at four campuses in Chicago’s western suburbs: the Aurora Campus, the Streamwood Campus, the DeKalb Campus and the Home Campus in St. Charles.