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The Pantry Gang!

The Christian Service Center’s Food Pantry has an amazing crew of volunteers.  Pantry Chairman Stan Moss would like to recognize a special group he calls “The Pantry Gang.” These retirees do the heavy lifting and have long given their time and energy to keeping the pantry warehouse stocked.  Since the pandemic began, and now including the Hurricane devastation, the food pantry has seen a three fold increase in the number of families served.  The warehouse group has been called upon anywhere from four to seven days a week to pick up groceries at various sites, deliver and unload at the Center, sort and shelve, or stock in the cooler and freezer.  They often come early and stay late on weekdays, and show up to work on weekends as well.  CSC is open Monday – Friday, 9-12, but work in the pantry’s warehouse can’t be confined to a set schedule, and these workers often respond on short notice.  In recent weeks the crew handled over 60,000 pounds of product.  Moss says this group is invaluable as the pantry could not operate without their tireless efforts.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency.  Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems.  The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including the United Way of Baldwin County, and interested individuals.  For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or visit www.cscgs.com.

 

Hurricane Sally Relief Volunteers

October 15, 2020

CSC AIDS HURRICANE VICTIMS

After Hurricane Sally pounded Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan leaving devastation in her wake, the Christian Service Center responded to meet the food and emergency financial aid needs of numerous families affected by the storm.  Immediately following the Hurricane, volunteers jumped into action moving food from refrigerators and freezers into the walk-in freezer and cooler as these two were backed by a generator.  Volunteers also cleared debris from the parking lot and dealt with water intrusion in the office building.  All this was done while helping anyone who came along needing food.  They had the Center fully operational and ready to open on Monday, September 21.

Since the Hurricane, the Center has served 309 clients, providing rent assistance to 143 families and help with utilities to 56 families.  The food pantry has provided food for 1,054 individuals to have 3 meals a day for a week.  In the first two weeks the pantry distributed 60,000 pounds of food.  CSC does not offer the same services as FEMA, or Red Cross; however, many people who faced losing two weeks or longer from work, and thus were unable to meet all their immediate rent and utility responsibilities, found relief through assistance from the Christian Service Center.

The Center is an all volunteer agency (no one is paid) with a mission to provide food and emergency financial aid to families in need in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan.  CSC volunteers are committed to being the hands and  feet of Christ, following scripture in Matthew 25:40  “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

With the huge need for assistance as a result of Covid 19 and the Hurricane, CSC has experienced far greater expenditures in 2020 than ever before.  Going forward we remain concerned about the continuing effect of Covid, the seasonal reduction of hours and job losses, as well as an increase in the number of families seeking Christmas assistance for their children.  We extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have blessed the Center and our families through your donations.  It is a generous, giving community that makes the work of the Center possible.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency.  Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems.  The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including United Way of Baldwin, and concerned individuals.  Donations may be made through PayPal on our website www.cscgs.com or by mail to P.O. Box 882, Gulf Shores, AL 36547.

Call the Center at 251-968-5256 for more information.

 

 

 

Center State Bank Grant to Christian Service Center

The Center State Bank has generously provided the Christian Service Center with a grant to support their operations. The grant is greatly appreciated during this time of overwhelming need. Wade Bradford, Center State Bank Community President commented that they were especially impressed with the Christian Service Center because they have no paid staff; the Center is run completely by volunteers.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency. Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems. The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including the United Way of Baldwin County, and interested individuals. For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or visit www.cscgs.com.

Presenting the grant are, L to R, Olivia Jones, Assistant Branch Manager; Marcia Jernigan, Branch Manager, Stan Moss, CSC Food Pantry Chair; Janice Moss, CSC Vice President; Linda Chappell, CSC President; Wade Bradford, Center State Bank Community President; and June Wilson; Retail Market Manager.


Poem by David Saunders

THE WEATHER CHANGE

The weather’s calm and all is quiet
Today, but did you know?
A hurricane is brewing in
The Gulf of Mexico
It’s happened, yes, since time began
And will continue on
As long as this world spins around
That day again will dawn
The hurricanes that strike with force
Bring havoc once again.
The question’s not “will one occur?”
The question’s only “when?”
The awesome power of the storm
The tidal surge so great
Will wash away all in it’s path
And winds that devastate
That peaceful home where children played
Is now a rubble pile
Their family life will surely be
Traumatic for a while
The waitress who has lost her job
The restaurant blew away
She has two kids to feed and yet
Her rent is due today
The Christian Service Center is
A charity for those
On Alabama’s Gulf coast who
Face unexpected woes
We give them short term help with food
And funds to meet the day
So they can work through problems and
Continue on their way
We’ve learned through past experience
We must anticipate
Or funds just won’t be adequate
To meet a need so great
A fund for hurricane relief
A fund to meet the pleas
Of people by the hundreds
Who have storm emergencies
Pryor planning way ahead of time
Will help us in their plight
They’ll need some food to eat today,
A place to sleep tonight
A great “insurance policy”
For husbands, kids and wives
A fund that’s ever ready
When the tragedy arrives
We need your help so we can build
This ready source that we
Can call upon when nature spawns
A great emergency
And know the fund that you helped build
Stands tall to ease the woe
That hurricanes sweep on us
From the Gulf of Mexico
Please make your contributions,
They will always be tax-free
You’ll pay no taxes on them
We’re a five “0” one “C” three*
  – David A Saunders
*The Christian Service Center is a federally recognized 501(C)(3) tax exempt philanthropic organization, having a registration number of EIN 63-1059529. We are a total volunteer service.
No salaries are paid. All funds go to the cause. Visit us at http://www.cscgs.com.