Local church comes together to help those impacted by coronavirus

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — It was the first time Susan Coffin had left her home in days, only to sit in a line of cars.

She didn't mind. To her, it was a blessing.


"I am so blessed that people are helping other people and giving and caring and sharing and giving of themselves to other people that need and have needs and are loving other people," Coffin said,

Coffin sat in line outside Avon High School with hundreds of others looking for help Tuesday night

They found it through I-Town Church’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Outreach.

"We wanted to make sure that no kids and no families went hungry on our watch," said pastor Mike Woods.

Teams of church members, wearing blue gloves and pre-screened for any illness, handed out food boxes to those who were struggling from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

"There is a struggle, yeah, with bills and everything else," Coffin said.

"I'm sitting here about ready to cry, just thinking about all of this. This is unbelievable," said Oscar Harvey, who also sat in his car.

This outreach goes far beyond food and diapers. After receiving their items, people could pull around the corner for some encouragement or a quick prayer with church members. It wasn't a requirement, though. People found themselves welcome, regardless of their beliefs.

"This represents the church doing what the church was called to do and meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of a city," Woods said.

It turned out the need was overwhelming, and those receiving help were, in turn, overwhelmed with thanks.

"This is awesome, watching all these people come together like this," Harvey said.

I-Town members plan to do the similar event this Saturday for three IPS schools: Carl Wilde School 79, Charles Fairbanks School 105 and Eleanor Skillen School 34. Each will begin at 11 a.m.