Heather McFarren, adult leader, and Breann Barger, youth leader, receive the big check for the First Church of Christ’s Christmas dinner. Pictured from left to right are, front row, Sylvia Reiff, Nicole Hiday, Ellie Vitz, Eli Ingle, Sydney McFarren, Barger, Sydney Vitz and Hutch Craighead; back row, McFarren, Dylan Craighead, Ben Decker, Jaden Payne, Trey Craighead, Aiden King, Mark Dustman and Kevin Mechling.  (Photo submitted)

Breann Barger and members of the First Church of Christ Youth Group were recently awarded a $500 Youth As Resources grant to complete a community service project entitled “Christmas Groceries.”

The funds are used to expand on an annual meal delivery that the church provides to low-income families on Christmas Day. Last year, the church delivered more than 655 hot meals and the youth provided 100 bags of non-perishable groceries including peanut butter, green beans, mac and cheese, tuna, bread and other items for the families. 

They hope to increase the number of bags of groceries they deliver this year.   

Members of the FCC Youth Group not only secure the funding for the bags of groceries, but shop, sort, package and help deliver groceries to the families on Christmas Day. 

“Many families face a financial struggle especially during the holiday season,” Barger said. “We want to show people in our community that we are here to support them and show them how much we care,” she added. 

This is the fifth year the youth have distributed the groceries.  If you know of someone in need, they may contact Deb Dove at 260-224-8772; the deadline to sign up is Dec. 20.  

YAR is a program that recognizes youth as a valuable community resource. The program is governed by a youth/adult partnership responsible for awarding grants to other local youth organizations to design and carry out community service projects.

To receive a grant proposal, contact Angie Dial at Family Centered Services, 824-8574 or WellsYAR@yahoo.com