“We all do as much as we can to make a positive difference,” Armstrong said. “It’s reaching out and showing God’s love to the community, sharing our talents and abilities to help each other.”
Patty Summers, the team leader for the backpack project, says this is something that they need to do.
“God has blessed us with so much, we need to bless others,” she said. “It really touched my heart that these kids are out there — homeless and struggling. Now the kids have something that’s theirs.”
The backpacks are filled with personal products such as toothbrush and hand sanitizer. They will go to Restoring Lives West- a Christian ministry that reaches out to homeless and at-risk young adults.
The church also kept the volunteers’ children while they were out helping others.
“We made sure the kids are safe while the volunteers are out working,” child care leader Alicia Gay said. “We have babies and toddlers up to pre-K. We encourage kindergarten and up to be out there serving our community.”
The community block party for Ben Davis Christian Church was at Krannert Park and the block party for Chapel Rock was at Adventure Fun Park.
Kathy Garett brought her grandsons out to the park.
“We wanted to come to the park and then we saw the signs for Go Love Indy and I know they clean up the neighborhoods and streets … this is great,” she said.
Both churches say the community support grows every year.
“It’s neat to see everyone come together, to get projects done and to have fun and laugh,” Ben Davis Christian Church volunteer Terry Hubele said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a great outreach.”
Both churches do different projects to help the community throughout the year.
“Our tag line here is that Go Love Indy is not just a day of service, but a way of life,” Smith said.
To learn more about Ben Davis Christian Church’s outreach, visit the website at www.bdcc.org and to learn more about Go Love Indy, visit the website at www.goloveindy.com.