A community partnering together in crisis

When the Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department contacted Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, Oregon, to see if they could get help collecting donations for those in need within the community, the church had already been seeking to serve their community in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak through meal delivery and making masks for first responders and healthcare workers. Like elsewhere, Polk County is seeing more families in need as jobs have been lost. Along with Dallas Church, Salt Creek Baptist has been able to collect necessary items like diapers, formula, hygiene and paper products, and non-perishable food to be distributed by the county. The local resource center already has a great method for delivering resources to people in need; they just needed help collecting donations from the community during this crisis. “When we partner together with other churches and our local government agencies, we are able to bring hope and life-giving resources to more people than just the efforts of one local church alone,” said Pastor David Curtis. “At Salt Creek Baptist, we believe the church is to pray for God’s Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven, and if in the Kingdom of God nobody goes without, then shouldn’t we be about blessing the least of these as though the Kingdom was already present?”