JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – One by one, hundreds of people flocked to Mount Helm Baptist Church to receive a major blessing.
Organizers say the day is all about spreading love and giving back to those who need it most.
“This includes gifts of water, free food and assistance with utilities. We try to be a blessing to the Jackson community which has been so bombarded by the pandemic and the water crisis, we try to be here to serve,” said Pastor CJ Rhodes of Mt. Helm Baptist Church. .
Rhodes is the president and founder of Clergy Prison Reform. The organization has partnered with the church, hoping to serve as a light to those going through dark times.
“We believe it is our role and our responsibility to serve, especially the least among us and especially when we [the church] have been blessed with resources that we are called to give back. It’s part of our DNA. That’s what we do,” said Pastor Rhodes.
In South Jackson, Christ Tabernacle Church is also giving back by loading residents with crates of clean, drinkable water.
“A lot of people say the crisis is over, but no, the crisis isn’t over because probably about 80 percent of Jacksonians say they’ll never drink water again,” Christ Tabernacle Hosea pastor said. Hines.
Hines is the church leader and national leader of a group called ANCEBA. He says the church is proud to give back and will continue to do so until this crisis is over.
“They answer what we call the bugle call by simply helping their brothers and sisters, certainly because it’s a dilemma. When you drink corroded or polluted water, there are diseases attached to it,” Hines said.
In fact, Hines says the next water giveaway will be at his church on Monday from 4-6 p.m.
“Jackson is my home, I love Jackson and I’m trying to do everything I can about this crisis we’re going through.”
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