MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Community Outreach Church here in Meridian spent their Christmas morning visiting several local nursing homes and distributing gifts to the residents.
“It’s very important to give back because God is so good to us so every year, for 25 years, we’ve been coming to the nursing home, giving out socks, scarves, fruit,” says Samuel Merriweather, the Pastor for the Community Outreach Church.
Residents we spoke to were very thankful to the church for what they are doing: “It means a lot to me, I know that some people don’t get any, but were thanked, blessed to get these gifts and enjoy,” says Margaret Ashwell, a resident of Queen City Nursing Home, “I’m just so appreciative so much that I can get up here, because it meant so much,” adds Wendell Litchfield.
The residents also understood the importance of this community outreach and the impact it has on others, “it helps the patients out too, knowing that somebody cares and is going to come to see about you, and sing with you and everything,” Charlotte Litchfield, also from the Queen City Nursing Home, explains.
Church members are proud of what they do and the positive reactions from the residents they have received means a lot to them.
“We hope to make sure that everyone is feeling loved, make sure that they know that someone is here for them and just to know that we’re giving back to the community, and giving our thanks to God for everything, and let him know that we’re doing this for him and also for the people in the community,” says Henbria Kelly.
“All in a nutshell, we love people, and we want them to feel loved and know that we are there for them,” says Barbara Brown, another member of the church.
The three nursing homes the church went to this Christmas were the Queen City Nursing Home, the Meridian Convalescent Nursing Home, and the Oaks.