DIBOLL, Texas (KTRE) - Plenty of events have been canceled due to COVID-19 19. Here’s a silver lining: Blueberries are now going for a good cause.
KTRE’s T’Ebonie Tanner was at Wednesday’s harvest in Diboll.
On Wednesday, First Baptist Church of Lufkin’s youth group visited Wood Blueberry Farm on a mission.
“Because of the heat, some of the berries were ripening faster and they didn’t want them to go to waste,” said Walker McWilliams, associate pastor and missions administrator at First Baptist Church.
Wednesday’s mission: pick, package and donate blueberries to those in need.
“If I can take two or three hours out of my morning and go pick through some blueberries so then that someone has those blueberries to be able to in this hard time, it was just a blessing to know that I have a church and a family that is willing to do that,” said church member Madi Stott.
The church is donating those berries to the food pantry at the Christian Information and Service Center in Lufkin.
“Just taking that extra step to be able to help our community,” Stott said.
McWilliams said this mission means a lot to their community.
“I think because there are so many people in need at this time that we not just as a church or churches, but as a community have to think outside of the box of ways to meet needs. Whether it is be giving blueberries or your time, or canned food or money — there’s so many ways that we can give back,” McWilliams said. “I mean, never would I have thought that missions looked like waking up and packaging blueberries to give away, but here we are.”
First Baptist Church of Lufkin donated 504 pint-sized containers on Wednesday. The church plans to do a Father’s Day food drive where they will give away canned foods.
“Although times are hard, to know that it doesn’t stop with us and this doesn’t stop here today at the blueberry farm, because of our partnership and our community—service projects will continue and that makes me really happy to know that,” Stott said.