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Local Church Helping the Needy through New Ministry

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DENISON, TX -- We're just getting into fall, but before you know it, those chilling winter nights will be here.

And a local church is making sure people in need, stay warm and full in the coming months, and the months to follow.

Park Avenue Church of Christ in Denison has been reaching out to those in need for years, but soon they'll do it through their new ministry, located in the heart of Denison.

It’s the newest program, set to help those in need.

“This is an outreach program for the community, from the Park Avenue Church of Christ," said church volunteer, Joe Chapman.

Volunteers with the Denison church will be filling these empty boxes with more than just basic necessities.

"Not only the physical help, but spiritual and the guidance that we might be able to provide,” said Chapman.

"It's kind of our job and mission to get this out to the public that there is hope for them, that they can come here and not feel ashamed," said church volunteer, Greg Oliver.

For the last six months, the church has been working to expand its charity efforts through a new ministry.

"There’s a great need for this work, you can never do too much," said Oliver.

Located in the heart of downtown Denison, at 118 West Chestnut Street, Barnabas Center is open to anyone, including those without religious beliefs.

"They shouldn't feel uncomfortable at all, in fact that's one of the reasons why we wanted to move downtown, and get away from our building," said Chapman.

Much like the center's name, Barnabas, the name of a Christian disciple, the calling of helping the less fortunate is what led to the program.

"We did a lot of praying, lot of searching, and this is what God has provided for us to use, and we're going to reach out from here," said Chapman.

From clothes, furniture, to groceries, the location will assist those facing hard times. 

"They’re going to get a lot of friendly faces; they'll always be welcome here," said Oliver.

The new center is still in the works, but church volunteers hope to have it open next month.

If you'd like to help, you can donate clothes, furniture, or food by contacting Park Avenue Church of Christ at 903-465-1288.

Volunteers say all donations are welcome, but refrigerators are needed most at the moment.

The church will also pick up furniture you’d like to donate on the weekends.

If you need assistance, you can call the church, and also sign up to receive groceries.