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Numbers by Michael Barker

I would like to discuss a few numbers this December that are important to the Chapel of the Cross.

43, 80, 700, 9,800, 4,000, and lastly 100.

When I was hungry you gave me food

What does that all mean? Well for starters we took care of 43 Angels this year from the Madison County Department of human services. This was the 12th year that the Chapel of the Cross has done Angel tree and the first time we have ever hosted their holiday party where we fed 80 foster kids, guardians, and social workers at the Chapel on 12/15. It was fantastic to see the faces of the children that we have been serving for all of these years and our pleasure to have Rev. Willie Washington from China Grove AME as our special guest. Next would be 700. That is the amount of food boxes and turkeys the Chapel was able to donate to Our Daily bread in Canton this year. We stated this ministry 3 years ago and then we gave 100 boxes with no turkeys. This year we committed to doing 200 boxes and raising money for 200 Turkeys. Then the director of Our Daily Bread said that they had narrowed down the list to that number from a total request of 684 families. So what does the Chapel do when there is a need? We step it up! From the efforts of our Parishioners and the companies they represent, we got donations from 10 boxes to 100 boxes and in the end we had a commitment of 700 boxes and the money to get 700 turkeys. That food was distributed on Thursday and the Chapel was mentioned on the 5pm news. So what does 700 boxes and turkeys look like? Well we ordered 9,800 lbs of turkey that in the end will feed with the boxes in excess of 4,000 people in Canton this year. The total population of Canton is just over 12,000 so the efforts of the Chapel will feed 1 in 3 people in the town this year.

When I was in Prison you comforted me

The Daughter’s of the King with the Servant Ministry also created 100 comfort bags for the womens prison in Ranking County this year. These consist socks, shampoo, deodorant, candy, hair scrunchies and a few other items. We started doing this about 6 years ago and it’s a blessing for women who will not be home for Christmas. A big thanks to Maridine Wall and Laney Crampton for their efforts to pull this off at the last minute.

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you also did for me.”