The approaching holidays leave many people wondering how they will prepare their holiday meals. With the recent flooding, this is an increased concern. Rosewood Baptist Church has stepped up their efforts to help the Columbia community with their food pantry.
Rosewood Baptist is a tight knit group of people that enjoy helping others. The church has run a food pantry for the last five years, and Richard Schulz is one of the volunteers there. Schultz has seen the need in the community increase since the flooding.
"This was a key place for disaster relief. They had a shelter here for a period. And we have tons of stuff left over from the disaster that we're giving out. We've opened the food bank a couple days for the last few weeks to accommodate the rising need," said Schultz.
He estimates they've helped between ten and fifteen people daily, but many more than that across the time that they've been open. Most of the people in the community are seeking a hand up, not a hand out.
Deborah Mims lives in one of the communities hit hard by the flooding, and is out today seeking help. Mims, who previously worked as an EMT, is now unable to work and cares for her grandmother.
"I'm disabled and I needed to come to get some food to hold me over to the first of the month," said Mims.
Frank Smith, a church volunteer assisted Mims with filling out paperwork to get the help she needed. Smith has only been a member of Rosewood for a year, but comes from a background of volunteering. He enjoys working behind the scenes, but also enjoys meeting people because it gives him a chance to talk to people about Christ.
"Find out More about their lives, invite them to come to church. Just concerned about people. I like helping people," said Smith.
That's was Smith was able to do. He along with other were able to get Mims the assistance she needed. After less than an hour Mims was walking out with a few bags of groceries.
"They are truly a blessing and they are a blessing to all South Carolinians who come here for help and they haven't turned anybody down since I been here," said Mims.
Giving a hand up not a hand out. Answering the needs of the community. That's what Rosewood Baptist Church is about.
Rosewood Baptist is part of the South Carolina Cooperative Program. The Cooperative is a coalition of local churches which work towards helping the community in times of distress. Rosewood Baptist Church is located at 2901 Rosewood Dr. here in Columbia.