community redefined | Local business donates hygiene products to community church pantries
In a world of social distancing, a local church finds a way to stay connected with its community
ATLANTA — How do you maintain community without fellowship?
That’s the question nearly every public institution has faced in one form or another this week in Metro Atlanta, as everything from restaurants, dining halls, gyms, bars and even places of worship, gatherings of no more than ten people were prohibited. .
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church is no exception.
Serving Atlanta’s Eastside since the early sixties, this community fixture has had to adapt like every other place of worship has had to over the past week. Offer live streaming services to their parishioners instead of standard Sunday services.
On top of that, right behind the church is their community pantry. A modest but effective installation called Gregg’s Pantry. The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides the lion’s share of food for the pantry that continues to operate during the citywide shutdowns.
“A lot of it is fair, we take each other for granted, and mostly I think for communities of faith, there’s the fact that you have that closeness and you’re always kind of there and you can’t anymore. take this for granted,” laments the pastor of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Fr. Bryan Small.
In fact, on Saturday, February 14, 2020, less than 48 hours after the coronavirus was officially declared a global pandemic, this modest food pantry was the only food pantry in Dekalb County open to distribute groceries to the public.
On Saturday alone, the food pantry served and provided meals to approximately 69 families.
Like any good team, the folks at Saints Peter & Paul couldn’t have done it alone. In addition to the routine pantry food packet, Cobb County-based organic beauty care company Tropic Isle Living donated hygiene products to local places of worship to offer assistance outside of food to those hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdowns.
“People don’t realize that food, yes it is food, but taking care of your body is a really important thing to do,” says Lois Hines, owner and co-founder of Tropic Isle Living.
“It’s a new normal. So you just have to focus on what’s really important. Helping each other in this crisis.
This hygiene initiative was started by Hines in conjunction with a group of women business owners of color, to give back to the community and community members who may be struggling during the crisis.
“I didn’t ask them, I just assumed we were going to close the pantry and our people showed up and said no, we’re not going anywhere,” the father explains. Bryan from the volunteer staff who have been working tirelessly since last Friday to make sure the pantry is ready for their next Saturday treat.
If you would like to donate groceries to the church, you can visit the pantry located behind Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church at 2560 Tilson Road.
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