Food for Children program continues

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

The successful Food for Children program continues each Monday here in our village of Covington. This is the third year of the program, which is hosted by the Covington Christian Church. This is a fun, free summer lunch program, designed for children ages two through 18. All kids under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult to the lunch. And although it has already started, there is more room in the program for more children.

Each week, a child will receive a delicious lunch and faith-based activities. These include crafts, singing, outside games, and interactive family-friendly Bible stories. After the meal and fun activities at church, each child will also receive a bag of grocery items to take home for the rest of the week. However, only children who attend the program each week are eligible to receive the grocery bag.

It started in early June as school let out, and continues through this month until Aug. 14. It runs each Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the basement of the Covington Christian Church at 115 N. Pearl St. Please contact the church office at 473-3443 with any questions. But please remember, this program is only able to serve children in the Covington School District. For those who would like to join in the fun, please be sure to bring a utility bill or other identification that confirms the child’s home address as being in the Covington district. Funding for this summer program is provided by the Covington Community Chest, Covington Christian Church, and through the generosity of many Covington area residents.

The annual Christmas in July/Staci Blythe Memorial Golf Scramble has been a July event that Covington-area folks have supported for a half dozen years now. It is put on in loving memory of Staci Jo Blythe, by her brother Dusty and family. This year’s scramble will be held on Saturday, July 22, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Stillwater Valley Golf Club in Webster. All the information about the scramble, as well as an entry form, can be found on the golf club’s website, Just click on the “Upcoming Events” tab.

All funds raised this year, as always, will be used to provide Christmas presents for children in need in our community. What a wonderful way to honor and remember such a wonderful sweet young lady, by brightening the Christmases of children who may never have enjoyed a happy Christmas morning. Staci loved Christmas and kids, so this really is the perfect way to continue her caring spirit.

Last year, 125 local children and an unknown number of more kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus were helped with a brighter Christmas. This is what your financial support and participation in this event is all about. How rewarding would it be, as you wake up this Christmas morning with your family, to think fondly of the other children who are enjoying a happier morning, simply thanks to that golf scramble you played in back in the heat of July? Please make a point to sign up, golf, or simply be a hole sponsor or financial supporter. Thank you in advance from the Blythe family.
Food for Children program continues

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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