Did you see the free libraries in public place? These little boxes are full of books and you can take good books freely from these boxes. But a great man from Now York Roman Espinoza has done something different. He has made a “Blessing Box” filled with food available to any and all who need it.
The concept of this box is so simple. It is a miniature food pantry. It is filled with the food item receiving from those people who wants to donate and offer to those who need it.
Espinoza told CNN “Whether you’re taking or giving, you can just go to the blessing box; there is not a lock on it, and it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Discovering of Idea
46 years old Espinoza got this idea when he was taking a class on human services at a local community college. He shocked to see that school had a food pantry for needy students.
“I thought, ‘Man, these adults that are spending time taking classes can’t eat every day. ‘”
Espinoza not took too much time for decision and put this blessing box in his garden. He put the first bit of food himself but has not to fill it up much since.
He said “The box itself is for the community and it’s sustained by the community, the community, the neighborhood and my block have been really supportive”
Filling a need
Espinoza said, “We try and put stuff in there that makes sense — toothpaste, toothbrushes, band-aids….some soap and shampoo”.
But who is taking benefits of generosity?
“We do not know who uses it, sometimes people feel like they are embarrassed to use the box in the middle of the day,” Espinoza said.
But no doubt this box is filling a need.
Espinoza said, “I woke up recently and I had to put food in the box because someone came by and needed food”.
The success of this blessing box has a good impression on the community as well.
“I’ve gotten a couple of requests from people around town for boxes for their property,” Espinoza said. “With any luck, we’ll have a few around town where people can be made aware of them and make use of them.”
Espinoza hopes that his box and others in this town create an atmosphere of support and generosity.
He said, “Watertown, New York, in the next five years, could be known as the city of blessing boxes”.