Every Box Is a Blessing
ReVision Gives Back joined forces with a few local partners to bring visibility to an issue impacting every community, food insecurity. The Columbus Blessing Boxes Project, a non-profit founded in 2018, was created by a local family to combat hunger and give back to their community. The concept of Blessing Boxes is simple, “Leave what you can, take what you need.”
Blessing Boxes of many shapes and sizes can be found in numerous communities throughout Central and Northwest Ohio. Boxes are built by volunteers and typically have a ‘host’ who oversees maintenance, checks food expiration dates, and cleans as needed. Each box is filled with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items available for anyone in need to take 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All items are donated by generous community members committed to helping neighbors.
Local small business, Mind Body Align joined ReVision to show just how easy it is to host a Blessing Box. Their downtown Mansfield location has hosted a box since 2017. Downtown Mansfield, Inc., a non-profit and previous ReVision Gives Back honoree, pledged their organization’s commitment to finding more Blessing Box hosts to establish additional locations in the downtown area and surrounding areas. Contact DMI, Inc. to host a new box location in Mansfield.
It is easy to support this ongoing initiative to fight hunger! Pick an existing Blessing Box location – 84 currently exist in Central Ohio – and donate food and hygiene items. Suggested donations include; soups, tuna packets, deodorant, baby food, canned vegetables, toothpaste, and individually packaged snacks. Or, host a new box location in your community. Columbus Blessing Boxes provides simple instructions to build a box or get creative and use a sturdy structure you currently have. Get all the details by visiting the Columbus Blessing Boxes Project.