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Roanoke church packs 300 boxes of food for the needy

Rosalind Hills Baptist Church will hand out the boxes and toys on Saturday.

November 30, 2011|Elizabeth Harrington | Reporter

ROANOKE, Va — A church is changing lives one box at a time. On Wednesday night, volunteers packed hundreds of boxes filled with food and toys for people in need.

The assembly line was quick at Rosalind Hill Baptist Church.

Volunteers packed boxes with canned vegetables, stuffing, ham, fruit and toys. About 300 boxes were filled in 30 minutes.

Volunteers say their work makes a difference.

"We just feel like this is a very good ministry and something that God really wants us to do to help the people that are less fortunate than we are," says volunteer Fern Henry.

"I just enjoy doing it because I know it's going to be helping people for Christmas that they wouldn't have otherwise," says volunteer Richard Martin.

The church's pastor n Roanoke told us about an experience he had last year when he handed a box to a woman he said 'Merry Christmas'. She turned to him and said the donation went beyond Christmas, she called it life changing.

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"It's definitely touching the lives of people of not only people here but people in the community," says Pastor Brad Smith.

Everything in the boxes was bought with donations. The boxes will be handed out this Saturday.

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