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New Jersey Couple Keeps 'Blessing Box' Stocked With Food To Help Neighbors In Need

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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It took a week to craft the shelter and highlight the simplest of terms -- "take what you need" or "leave what you can." The Smiths filled it with $30 worth of food, shared details on social media and waited.

(CBSNewYork) — One family’s good deed means others won’t go hungry in one New Jersey town, and it turns out their love of giving is contagious.

Stephen and Rosalyn Smith stock the Blessing Box standing proudly in front of their Neptune City home.

“Crackers, really good treat,” Stephen said.

“We stuff it as much as we can,” he said.

“I said, I can build a box,” he said.

Stephen and Rosalyn Smith stock the Blessing Box standing proudly in front of their Neptune City home.

It took a week to craft the shelter and highlight the simplest of terms — “take what you need” or “leave what you can. ”

“Two weeks before Christmas, we started noticing stuff disappearing,” Stephen said.

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The Smiths say by their estimate, about 30 families use the Blessing Box, and they say it will stay stocked until neighbors no longer need it.

“It’s taken over my dining room,” Rosalyn said.

“We needed a place to put a tree and gifts for the kids,” he said, laughing.

“If one family came and took three bags of groceries, but they can put gifts under the tree for their kids, look, it makes our day,” Rosalyn said.

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Blessings abound in Neptune City.

A young lady, just 15 years old, was inspired by Stephen’s Blessing Box and started her own.

Fifteen-year-old Mary Jodry, of Neptune City, stocks her Blessing Box with cleaning and hygiene products.

“I felt that I wanted to do something to help, but I didn’t want to copy his idea,” 15-year-old Mary Jodry said.

“Just feels really close to home because it’s people from Neptune City that I know,” she said.

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“I know there will be a time when we don’t need this Blessing Box. I know there will be.

I just don’t know when,” Stephen said.

The Smiths say by their estimate, about 30 families use the Blessing Box, and they say it will stay stocked until neighbors no longer need it.

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