Love where you live!
LA MESA -- About four weeks ago members of the Crosspointe Life Church on La Mesa Boulevard heard that many children who count on free school breakfasts and lunches can go hungry during the holidays when schools are closed. Church members contacted the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, assessed the scope of the problem, and decided to see what they could do.
Today, just four weeks later, "what they could do" stands as a testament to a charitable vein that clearly runs deep and wide through the La Mesa community. The Crosspointe church hall Tuesday was literally overflowing with canned and packaged goods as a backroom has been turned into what looks like an industrial supply operation. "It's been pretty amazing,'' said Dani Womack, the community life pastor at Crosspointe. "Everyone we asked reponded. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Skyline Church, The Downtown Methodists, The Christian Science church, Vista La Mesa -- even the La Mesa Police Department has been dropping things off here.'' Volunteers Pat and Patty Riley and the Royal Rangers have been packing the donations up into meal portions intended to replace the food the youngsters will be missing while school is closed.
Both the need and the community's repsonse has been so strong, the Assembly of God Crosspointe Church is already planning to keep building its food pantry to help students through the longer Christmas and New Year holidays as they arrive.
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District officials have identified several hundred youths in need of this help among its families and the food will be delivered anonymously through the district.
"It's been a real community effort,'' Womack said. "La Mesa should be proud of itself.''
The church is still accepting donations at its 8809 La Mesa Boulevard sanctuary between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can get more information by e-mailing Womack at email@example.com or calling 619-464-3077.