By Alicia Dziak

The First United Methodist Church of Springville has introduced a new way to help your neighbors— the Blessing Box, a wooden box filled with many necessities that are free for anyone and everyone.

The idea for the Blessing Box came from Michele Pellette of Orchard Park’s Presbyterian Church, who found the idea on Pinterest. Her good friend, Diane Beatty, attends the First United Methodist Church. As Beatty explained, Pellette was very excited about the new one installed in Orchard Park, and encouraged Beatty to do the same at her church.

Beatty approached the church board with the idea, and said everyone agreed it would be a welcome and wonderful addition to the church and to the community. The box itself was donated by the Orchard Park’s Presbyterian Church, and was filled by Beatty with non-perishable items like pasta sauce, tuna fish and even tissues.

“We thought this was a great way to serve the community, and a way to do something bigger,” Beatty said. From here, community members can take what they need from the box, and also donate a variety of items. Diapers, dog and cat food and many other less traditional items are welcome too.

Beatty hopes that as the Blessing Box catches on, it can feature different items for different seasons, such as backpacks and school supplies in September.

The First United Methodist Church is located at 474 East Main Street in Springville. The Blessing Box is located inside the church doors, which are always open, so that people can donate or find necessities any time of day or night.