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A church member hands shoppers $50 gift cards.

Midtown Kansas City church hands shoppers $50 gift cards for groceries

The coronavirus threat has created an opportunity for area churches to serve those less fortunate. On Sunday afternoon, members of City of Truth church in midtown Kansas City handed out $50 gift cards to shoppers at Wild Woody’s Happy Foods on 31st Street.

Church members met customers at the door, handed out the gift card good only for Wild Woody’s and only for Sunday. It took about 45 minutes to go through about $5,000 worth of cards.

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“I was coming in,” said Sarah Harris, who had come from church herself, “that’s when they met me outside. They said, `would you like $50 off of your groceries?’ I said, ‘I definitely would.’ And I said, ‘Praise be to God!’”

What was Harris doing with the money? “It will let me bless some other people as I am being blessed,” she said. “Yes! I am going to be able to pass it on, and tell other people about it.”

That’s exactly the response the church desired.

“I hope that other organizations, other churches, they come out and help the community in crisis and that we work together,” said Tina Downey of City of Truth. “Help the one that needs it: the elderly, the people that have children, that might not have meals, because they might be out of school. We hope that they come in with us and partner with us and just lend a helping hand. It doesn’t matter how small or how big, just that they helped some type of way.

“We know people are panicked, and they are in need. So we said instead of going to a Walmart, or Price chopper, let’s go into the heart of the city and bless people who are in need.”

Kachelle Baskin was pushing a shopping cart towards the meat aisle. She was surprised but happy by the windfall. “I am grateful,” she said. “It’s a blessing.”

City of Truth describes itself as a “multicultural community, people of all ages who love God and are on a mission to love people. We’ve seen the broken and hurting, and we refuse to be bystanders. We’re all in — to share Gods unconditional love. There’s nothing our world needs more desperately today than individuals, families, churches, business and communities that know the heart of God.”