Community collaboration brings Blessing Box back to life in Weir

WEIR, Kan. – The Weir, Kansas community recently came together to fill a need after a long-standing free food donation box was removed due to weather damage.

The original Blessing Box was something dear to the people of Weir, especially the public library board.

Library staff accepted canned goods in lieu of late fees for overdue books, depositing the collected cans in the blessing box.

Seeing a need, the library board approached industrial arts teacher Jim Rockers at Southeast High School.students

His students put together a list of building materials needed to make the new Blessing Box a reality and the community came together to raise funds to get the project off the ground.

“On behalf of the Library board, we want to especially thank Jim Rockers and his students for the work on this project. This is a great example for the students in Career & Technical Education courses about the importance of using the skills you have acquired to serve your community,” Janet Holden, Library Board Secretary.

A new box now stands in the 200 block of West Main Street in Weir, on the south side of the road.

Anyone is welcome to use it.

The idea is to take what you need, and leave what you can.

The new box was made possible by: Karen Sullivan, Aaron & Julie Williams, Weir Library Board, Jim Rockers & USD 247 students, City of Weir, Weir Senior Citizens, Weir Civic Club, and Margie Wilson for the vinyl decal on the door.