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Teen Focus, family, and Community Education team up for three more Blessing Boxes in Ballard County
Architects, builders and installers of three new Blessing Boxes in Ballard County are (from left) Ryan, Tracy, and Tracy Dalton Armer. They are shown at Barlow United Methodist Church, 198 S. Fifth St., Barlow.
Architects, builders and installers of three new Blessing Boxes in Ballard County are (from left) Ryan, Tracy, and Tracy Dalton Armer. They are shown at Barlow United Methodist Church, 198 S. Fifth St., Barlow. 
 
Blessing Boxes or Tiny Pantries have been around for some time now. The idea is that people who need things – grocery or household items – can take them; people who have extra can put it in the boxes for others to pick up. There are two boxes in LaCenter – one at Grace United Methodist Church, 3752 Paducah Road, and one at Celebration Plaza, across Broadway from Greg’s Supermarket.

Thanks to Teen Focus Youth Service Center, its director Tina Armer and her family, and Ballard County Community Education, now there are three more. The new boxes are located at First Christian Church, 326 N. Fourth St., Wickliffe; Barlow United Methodist Church, 198 S. Fifth St., Barlow; and Kevil First Baptist Church, 986 N. First St., Kevil.

Armer’s sons, Ryan and Tracy Dalton Armer, and her husband, Tracy, built the boxes. West Kentucky Glass donated Lexan and plexiglass for the closeable doors, and Community Ed funded the initial purchase of items so the boxes wouldn’t start out empty. “We tried to get things for all family members – non-perishable food items, laundry detergent, dish liquid, even baby items like food, diapers, and formula,” Armer said. “When school gets underway again, Teen Focus will have student interns who can help keep the boxes clean, and organize food collections for stocking,” Armer added. 

Until then – and even after – the community is invited to help keep the boxes stocked. “When fresh produce is ready this summer, I plan to get some baskets to hang from the bottom of the boxes, so people can leave vegetables, too.”

For more information, please contact Armer at tina.armer@ballard.kyschools.us, or call 270-665-8400.

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