HOW CAN CHURCHES RESPOND TO THE CORONA VIRUS?

An URGENT NEED you can help with in these times

Dear HCBA Pastor and church leader,

I’m very thankful for how you have risen to the occasion these last few days as we have sought to deal with the COVID-19 Virus.  People are worshipping even if it is online!  My wife and I dropped our tithe check in the mail last week and watched church on our iPad in our family room this past Sunday.  I didn’t even have to dress up!

The reason for this email is that we are aware of an urgent need and wanted to make you aware of it.  If things continue (and it looks like it will for the foreseeable future), there will be a lot of people who live in our low income neighborhoods who will not have access to food. 

These live in what health officials call a “food desert.”  There are few sources of food for the people who inhabit these areas.  There are three major areas like this in Chattanooga:  Alton Park, East Chattanooga, and the West Side. 

None of us want to be quarantined in our homes, but the vast majority of us will be fine.  We have plenty to eat and the resources to get more food.  Most of the folks living in these “food deserts” do not have the resources to sustain living in quarantine.  I wanted to encourage our churches to rise to the occasion and let’s meet this need.

I wanted to encourage you to begin to collect canned (please! no out of date cans!) and dried foods to give to these folks.  If your church, your Sunday School Class, your youth group, etc. could start collecting these items and bring them boxed to the Hamilton County Baptist Association office, we will see to it that they are delivered to some designated churches who then will distribute them to the needy community. 

Here is an opportunity for you and the other great churches of the Hamilton County Baptist Association to rise to the occasion again and meet this need!  Would you mind publicizing this with the people of your church and let’s start collecting things next week.  The HCBA office is open Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30 and we are located at 4062 South Access Road, Chattanooga, 37406.  Our office number is (423) 267-3794 or you can email us at hcba@baptistassociation.com, or dennis@baptistassociation.com.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU MAKE A DELIVERY.  WE WANT TO PROTECT YOU AND OUR STAFF DURING THIS TIME. 423-267-3794