Thanks to Houston’s NHS and FFA for food donations

To the editor:

So many times we turn on our television or open our newspaper and all we see is bad news; … nothing to be grateful or thankful for, but I want to tell you about something good!

The congregation at Houston Congregational Christian Church has a food pantry for folks in the Houston community. It is open the third Saturday morning of each month. This is funded by the people in this church and we are blessed that young people in the Houston School district have caught the desire to help those less fortunate.

In the spring, the Boy Scout Troop of Houston brings us food they have collected, but the rest of the year, it is up to us — until this year! This year, we were putting together Thanksgiving baskets, making a list of what we needed to get to complete them. I received a message from Stephanie Merickel, the Houston High School National Honor Society advisor. The members of the NHS have been collecting food and all grades of Houston School donated. They wanted to give it to our food pantry! These young men and women aren’t members of this church but it didn’t matter to them or us. They saw a need to help and met that need!

On Friday morning, when there was no school, 12 young men and women brought two TRUCKLOADS of food to our church! They carried it all down the steps and stacked it on table after table in our fellowship hall. Then they asked if we needed help putting it away!

Not only was this from the NHS, but we learned the FFA also contributed from their “cardboard city” adventure.

Jesus calls us to help each other because when we do that, we are helping Him. Too often, we focus on what our young people are doing wrong but I am proud to say there is a group of kids from Houston High School doing something good.

I was a Fairlawn kid, born and bred. My blood runs blue but I think I’m going to have to buy myself a Houston RED shirt!

We are thankful. We are grateful. We are blessed!


Pastor Kris Geise and the congregation of Houston Congregational Christian Church