Unity of Joplin Church ‘Blessing Box’ is inspiring others to create their own

The other blessing boxes are located on North Wall Avenue and in an alley between Moffett and Sargent Avenue.
Blessing Box

JOPLIN, Mo. – Shawna Ackerson drops off food to the blessing box in front of the Unity Of Joplin Church more than 3 times a week.

“I’m doing as much as possible because I know we have a lot of families in need right now.”

She drops off things like vegetables and nonperishable food, school supplies, and sanitary items. The items in the box are free for anyone and everyone in need to take what they please.

“When I was younger there was a lot of food insecurities. We were a very poor family and I was homeless after the tornado and so it’s important to me because I know how those people feel and I know what it’s like to be on the end where you don’t have what you need” added Ackerson.

The blessing box was first put up three years ago by the church as a way to serve the community.

“It’s part of what we do, it’s outreach and when we do our outreach we don’t ask who you are or what you believe. Our service to the community is to feed people because well fed people are able to grow spiritually and that’s what we want” said Unity of Joplin Minister, Gordon Keyler.

The more awareness the box has gotten has inspired others in the surrounding neighborhoods to put up blessing boxes of their own

“It makes me feel wonderful to see that we started a movement here in Joplin” added Keyler.

The other blessing boxes are located on North Wall Avenue and in an alley between Moffett and Sargent Avenue.

“We need to be giving, we need to be helping others as much as we can because we’re all in this together. So just help your fellow man, you know, that’s awesome we need to see more of them pop up around town because that’s the caring nature of Joplin” added Ackerson.