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Little boy's dream fulfilled as new Blessing Box opens in Winfield

A dream in the heart of a 5-year-old boy was put into action last week with the installation of a new blessing box in Winfield.

Weston Rowley first learned of the concept of a blessing box – which holds free food and other items for those in need – at the beginning of the year. Upon learning that there are people in Winfield who may have unmet needs, Weston sprung into action, demanding that his parents take him to the nearest blessing box, which he filled with food he gathered from his house.

Weston’s passion and dream was shared with his local church – the congregation of Winfield First Church of the Nazarene. Weston’s grandfather, Steve Tackett, built a new blessing box, and it was installed during a dedication and prayer ceremony Sunday, March 31.

Weston was the first to place donated items into the blessing box.

“I’m proud of the example Weston set for us, and I’m excited that we get to be a part of a movement to help feed the hungry right here in our own community.” lead pastor Billy Byler said. “I’m challenging our entire congregation to come to church each Sunday with a Bible in one hand and an item for the blessing box in the other.”

The blessing box is located on the campus of Winfield First Church of the Nazarene at the corner of 19th Avenue and Pike Road. A sign on the box encourages people to “take what you need and leave what you can.”

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