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Churches ease children's fear during COVID

As cars and trucks full of Food Roundup supplies pulled into Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) locations last fall, boys and girls saw how they were still a priority to North Carolina Baptists in the midst of the pandemic.

Boys and girls come into care from situations of unimaginable abuse and neglect, where many have not eaten regularly.

“Because of the past trauma, these children come to us feeling alone and forgotten,” said Linda Morgan, BCH Statewide Director, Child/Residential Services. “The threat of COVID made them feel more insecure. BCH was their constant. Even the act of providing regular meals gave them much-needed security.”

According to Morgan, the efforts of Baptists not only resupplied food and supplies but was a shining example of God’s love.

“They saw they were not forgotten, and that example helps our cottage parents teach that God has us in His hands,” Morgan explained. “Isaiah 49:16 states that we are engraved on the palms of His hands.”

Despite rescheduling the Food Roundup from April to September due to COVID-19, churches gave sacrificially even as they faced their own pandemic challenges.

“We are blessed that we have a Christian community––members of God’s family––that take care of the needs of children,” Morgan said. “We can’t say thank you enough.”

With the pandemic continuing into 2021, the participation of associations and churches is vital as the food drive returns its normal in gathering schedule in April.

The collection list with the most-needed items has been updated. Gift cards are essential for purchasing perishable items. New flyers and digital resources, such as graphics and slides, are available for promoting the Food Roundup through social media, email newsletters, and churches’ online and in-person services.

For more information about how you, your church or organization can be a part of Food Roundup, contact Alan Williams at 1-800-476-3669 ext. 1277 or email him at

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