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Summer outreach to the homeless, mp3 players in Pakistan, and meeting needs in the local community

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Phoenix Rescue Mission is distributing water, nonperishable food, toiletries, and even case management services to homeless people in Arizona throughout the spring and summer months as part of its 11th annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign. PRM has two stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 100.

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has partnered with Community Bridge, a multifaceted community resource center in West Virginia, by sending regular truckloads of furniture and other goods. Community Bridge started in 2021 as a ministry of King’s River Worship Center, and is now supported by 40 churches and 150 partnering organizations. Last year, Community Bridge distributed more than 79,000 items, such as beds, furniture, and blankets to kids and families in need. In the first three months of 2023, nearly 100 volunteers donated 2,100-plus hours to help nearly 1,000 people. CAP has five stars and a “C” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database.

The members of LifeBridge Church in Fresno, California, found creative ways to serve their community during the height of COVID-19, feeding more than 50,000 people during the pandemic. They continue to distribute food, delivering meals to more than 100 senior citizens a month. They also opened a thrift store, and are now partnering with the city to build 100 homes for people in need.

Local partners of Keys for Kids have distributed 3,600 storyteller mp3 players to Christian families in Pakistan preloaded with devotions in the Urdu language. They gave out another 300 in a Muslim village after the village chief saw an attitude change in his son while listening to an audio player. Keys for Kids has three stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 96.

Main photo: Community Bridge in West Virginia distributes clothes, furniture, and other goods to families in need / Courtesy of AG News

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Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.