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Church ‘taking it to the streets’ to help others

A two-day event will give residents a chance to get free health screenings, food, clothing, school supplies and more.

Restored Life Ministries’s annual Taking It to the Streets outreach campaign kicks off 2-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the church at 1117 Innisfallen Ave. It continues Aug. 10 with a 9 a.m. parade followed by the free community offerings.

This year will be different than any other year. Big tent services will not be held each night and food donations will be given by the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday in the church parking lot.

“We really want to try to touch base with the people who are having trouble providing food,” said Delvin Harshaw, event coordinator.

Haircuts and hair braiding will be given to children 18 and younger. Information about education and 23 social services agencies will be set up, too.

Cooking, cotton candy and snow cone machines will be available for free.

This is the third year in a row that “Taking it to the Streets” has been held, and according to Harshaw, about 500 people attend each year.

“Everything is done through donations and sponsors,” Harshaw said.

Restored Life Ministries has helped the community in other ways, too. The Prison Ministry, Guardian Angels and the youth and evangelism members with Coalition for Justice and Equality have also reached out to the community.

The church must “get outside the church walls and back into the community where we are needed,” said Restored Life Ministries Pastor of 27 years, Rev. Larry Coleman.

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