Southeast Christian Church members have been the hands and feet of Christ during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are just a few ways they have reached out to the community.
1. A member from Mount Washington reached out to Southeast about writing letters of encouragement to seniors at Bullitt East High School. After a drive-thru letter collection at the YMCA in Shepherdsville, Southeast delivered 1,908 letters to three high schools to hand out to seniors.
2. Steve Willhite invited his neighbors to dinner from 502 Café’s food truck. More than 100 meals were served, some to healthcare workers and others that they met on the street.
3. The Gregory family, members of the Indiana Campus, delivered pizzas to urgent care workers in Clarksville, Indiana. Their three children wrote letters thanking the staff and letting them know they were praying for them.
4. Southeast staff member Stacy Hammond and her family handed out 50 thank-you cards with $10 Kroger gift cards to workers at Kroger in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where they shop for groceries.
5. Cody Elbert drove to Georgetown, Kentucky, to deliver two food boxes and a $50 Walmart gift card to a single mom.
6. Southeast donated 25 gas gift cards to Scarlet Hope so they could hand them out to women in need, one of whom had two job interviews scheduled but didn’t have enough gas for the drive.
7. The La Grange Campus held a time of prayer and encouragement with 25 emergency room staff and first responders from Baptist Hospital La Grange. Southeast elder Chris Hadley, who runs Southern Smoke BBQ Catering, made lunch for the staff on a different occasion.
8. CrossRoads Missions, a Southeast local missions partner, donated 216 protective masks to Louisville Metro Police Department’s Third Division off Dixie Highway.
9. The Southwest Campus SE!Kids Team prayed with staff at Treyton Oak Towers. They brought pizza for lunch and handed out 200 cards made by kids from the church as an encouragement to their staff and residents.
10. Four Southeast students initially planned to combine their birthday parties before the coronavirus. Instead, they decided to host a drive-by birthday party in a neighborhood nearby the Blankenbaker Campus. Families dropped off non-perishable goods to be donated to Southeast’s food drive.
11. The River Valley Campus’ SE!Kids team distributed 55 Easter resource packets with crafts, an Easter activity book, recipe, Scripture references and other goodies to families.
12. Teri and Stuart Sullivan delivered 30 Easter baskets to Muslim friends. They provided rice, beans and Clorox wipes. Each basket had the Easter story in Arabic and some had the Gospel of John in Arabic.
13. A community leader delivered food boxes to an elderly lady in the Hikes Point/Buechel area who recently lost her job. He said, “I delivered the food to Gina and she knew me. She went to church with us when I was a kid. I did not remember her, but she knew my whole family. Was kind of funny. She was very appreciative of the food.”
14. A Southeast member delivered pizza to staff at Norton Audubon Hospital. His nephew, who hadn’t been to church in years, was working there, and the delivery opened a door to talk about church.