Feed the Children and Operation Compassion Expands Partnership in New York City

By , January 11, 2002
Feed the Children Semi & Food Boxes on 6th Street in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

Feed the Children Semi & Food Boxes on 6th Street in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

The first weekend of December 2001 will be remembered as the beginning of an expanded partnership in the aftermath of the New York City attacks. Under the leadership of Larry and Francis Jones of Feed the Children and David Lorency, International Field Director of Operation Compassion, 1800 families were provided with food, toys, personal articles and snacks for the Holiday Season.

Line of Families down 6th Street in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

Line of Families down 6th Street in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

Beginning on Saturday at 9:00am, three Feed the Children semi-trucks pulled up in front of the 6th Street Church of God where Pastors Angel and Carmen Rodriquez had begun lining people up for distribution. They had given 700 families advance coupons to the event. However, the line of people kept growing until it went down 6th Street and around the corner to the next block. For five hours, Larry and Francis Jones, Dave Lorency, Pastors Rodriquez, Hector Chiesa, Event Coordinator and members of the 6th Street Church of God distributed a 26 pound box of food, assorted toys, a box of personal hygiene articles and a grocery bag full of candy, chips and snack cakes. By 2:00 pm, more than 100,000 pounds had been given to families that had worked in the businesses, hotels and restaurants destroyed in the September 11th attacks.

Francis Jones of Feed the Children standing with one of the families after receiving food and toys.

Francis Jones of Feed the Children standing with one of the families after receiving food and toys.

Although families were still lined up after the event was concluded, this is not the end. Feed the Children and Operation Compassion began an expanded partnership that will continue to minister to those families affected by the loss of jobs in the area of the World Trade Center into 2002. As Feed the Children continues to donate food and products for distribution, Operation Compassion will continue to coordinate distribution points and man power within New York City.

Larry Jones of Feed the Children giving a stuffed bear to a neighborhood child.

Larry Jones of Feed the Children giving a stuffed bear to a neighborhood child.

Larry and Francis Jones of Feed the Children with Hector Chiesa, Event Coordinator.

Larry and Francis Jones of Feed the Children with Hector Chiesa, Event Coordinator.

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