Red Hills Southern Baptist Church spent the morning of Aug. 13 helping local families by hosting its annual “Meet the Need” event at Main Street Park.
This year’s event sought to help two groups – school children requiring backpacks, markers, glue sticks, and other supplies, as well as the Iron County Care and Share.
Children who attended the event were given a backpack filled with school supplies in exchange for four cans of food to be donated to the Care and Share. The goal of the event was to provide service for the families in the community while boosting food supplies for the pantry.
Andrew and Tammy Osborn have spearheaded the event for the last four years, and as the needs and available resources have changed throughout the years, so has the event. Throughout the years, however, one goal has remained the same – to meet a need within the community. The day began with 122 backpacks filled and ready to go with necessary school supplies. Within just a few hours, local children and their parents had gratefully accepted every one.
The Christian County Baptist Association provided a trailer complete with two bounce houses, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and a grill for hot dogs. And, Red Hills Southern Baptist Church Pastor Brandon Boone was right in the thick of event activities, crafting balloon animals for kids. The event was a great way for families to unwind and enjoy each other’s company before school begins.
Boone said he and other church members try to impart love and give back to the community in meaningful ways.
“The church is really meant to be a force for good in the community; and to the extent that we are that, then I think we are doing a good job,” he said. “I think we need to be doing things that are benefitting Cedar City, Enoch, and Iron County in really practical, helpful, hands-on ways.”