Avon Daisy Troop 50259 joined with Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen, Fire Chief Frank Root III and Police Chief Richard Bosley as they assisted Renee Collins in the ribbon-cutting for a new Blessing Box in Avon.
The Blessing Box, installed along the drive behind the Police and Fire Stations, is stocked with food basics free for those in need to take.
Renee and associate Joe Pullin started the Blessing Box program in Lorain County last year and now have several stops in various community locations.
“They are unlocked and opened every day to anyone in need,” says Renee, who works as a volunteer at a North Ridgeville food pantry. “Myself and others and the community fill the boxes with canned foods, hygiene products and temperature-change items.”
Renee started the program in response to a personal tragedy when she lost her first husband and fell on hard times with her daughters a few years ago.
“I made up my mind that I would help those in need when I was able to,” she says.
Those challenging times have now passed and Renee has since remarried. She also met Joe Pullin, a like-minded friend with a drive to help others.
“I have remarried, and I also met Joe Pullin and his family,” says Renee. “We decided to try Blessing Boxes to help those in need.”
Their mission is simple: “No one should go hungry,” says Renee. “We are helping people one Blessing Box at a time!”