November 11 was not only Veteran’s Day, it was Bag Day at Oxford First. In anticipation of the upcoming holidays church members filled large bags donated by Oxford Lumber Company with food and essential items. After a blessing from Pastor David Allison the bags were then taken to Community Enabler Developer in Anniston, one of the agencies Oxford First works with.
“That will certainly be a blessing to the people we help,” said Maudine Holloway, director of the agency. Community Enabler Developer provides food, clothing, and utilities assistance to the newly unemployed and the chronically poor.
In September the congregation filled shoe boxes with small gifts for children and sent them to be distributed in Honduras. Known as Operation Shoe Box, the effort is coordinated through relief agencies in The United Methodist Church.
At the same time Oxford First responded to the crisis brought on by Hurricane Michael in Florida. Members paid for basic cleanup items often needed after a tornado, flood, or hurricane. Others came to pack them in five-gallon buckets so they could be taken to the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur. From there they will be distributed as needed.
“I want to give special thanks to Ken Brewer and Bill Prestridge for leading these efforts,” said Pastor David Allison. “Ken coordinates our mission work and Bill leads in disaster response, both locally and in the Cheaha District.”