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This Weekend: Midlands Food Drive

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WISTV recently reported that Harvest Hope Food Banks is facing  severe shortages. 

Harvest Hope Food Bank is the largest food bank in the state and serves the hungry right here in the Midlands and surrounding counties.  

According to the Food Research and Action Center, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of food hardship in the nation. South Carolina ranks 5th in the nation for childhood poverty, with 25% of children living in poverty across the state.

We want to help Harvest Hope Food Bank help our neighbors! Each year Shandon Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Church, together with other community partners and area grocery stores, join forces to raise  food and other donations measuring in the tons. 

“Every year our clients can be certain that they will have enough food to eat because of this amazing event!” said, Denise Holland, CEO, Harvest Hope Food Bank.  “We are, so very, fortunate to have the continued support of WLTX TV, HIS Radio, church volunteers and all of the participating supermarkets in this year’s Food from the Heart event. The donated food we receive every year is always a tremendous resource towards feeding those who quietly suffer from hunger in our communities.”

We intend to make this year's event on Saturday, April 1 the largest one day food drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank in the history of the organization! Shandon Baptist Church will have volunteers stationed at Richland County grocery stores while Northside's volunteers will cover Lexington County stores. Our combined goals are 800 volunteers working to collect and then sort 135,000 pounds of food.   

Donations  are collected outside the stores and taken to Harvest Hope Food Bank where church volunteers sort the items. They will be distributed to local food pantries and soup kitchens.  One hundred percent of all goods collected will benefit men, women and children in the Midlands. 

Thank you to our media sponsors WLTX TV, HIS RADIO 92.1 and 94.3 FM The Dude as well as the  48 Richland and Lexington county grocery stores for partnering with us in this fight against hunger in the Midlands!


  • Volunteer to serve at a store  for a shift between 9am-6pm on Saturday, April 1. Text  'food' to (803) 489-8403 to sign up.
  • Shop at participating stores on Saturday, April 1 between 9am and 6pm.
  • Tell friends and neighbors about this Saturday's Food Drive and encourage them to shop and donate.




Contact David Taylor, Missions & Evangelism Pastor, at   or call the church office at (803) 782-1300.

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Why Easter Buckets?

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Starting this Sunday, you will notice blue Easter buckets in your Sunday School classes and in the Gathering Place.  

Why are we asking every church member to bless their neighbors with blue buckets? 


I’m a guy.  I get it.  But I did this last year, and it worked, so I’m glad to answer: 


Unified efforts like this make an impact.


  Last year, we gave out almost 1,000 buckets to area neighbors and businesses.  I personally took some Gatorade to a neighbor working in the yard.  I thought it might be  awkward, but it wasn't. In fact, it was easy!  I ended up having a great conversation and inviting my neighbor to church for Easter Sunday.  I have every intention of repeating and expanding the invites this year.  The blue bucket helped me break the ice and open a door!


Shandon member Hilary Dickerson made this "bubble bath" bucket last year to invite a friend to Easter services at Shandon.
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I wasn’t the only one who had success last year, and I want you to know what others experienced.  Starting this Sunday, you will see various examples of how others used the Easter buckets to bless their neighbors.  Feel free to copy them  or use them as  inspiration to try something else.  



Step 1:  Pick up a Bucket and an Easter Invite card from the Gathering Place.

Step 2:  Choose someone to bless and fill your bucket with treats.

Step 3:  Give your bucket to your neighbor, and invite them to celebrate Easter at Shandon.


About a month ago, we finished Tell Someone, a 3-week series on how to love our neighbors. Let’s circle back to the 3-2-1 Challenge we issued to our church: In the weeks leading up to Easter, pray for three neighbors, invite two neighbors, and tell one person about Jesus. 

Those three challenges remain, and the Easter Bucket Outreach is a fun tool for accomplishing part two. 

We have an action-packed and exciting month ahead as we welcome George Wright on Palm Sunday and celebrate  Easter with a community Egg Hunt, The Eucharist, and 4 Easter weekend worship services! (Get the scoop here.)

Let's get the word out to those who need to hear about Jesus and be encouraged by the truth of the Gospel! 

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