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Blessing Box fills a need in Oak Ridge

Take what you need, leave what you can. Families who are struggling may not feel comfortable asking for help, so the Blessing Box provides donated daily essentials.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Colton McMahan's Eagle Scout project is a blessing for Oak Ridge.

The Oak Ridge High School student explained how the Blessing Box works. People can drop off non-perishable items like food, clothes, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and feminine hygiene products. Then people in need can take the items from the box. 

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Colton McMahan

It opened about a month ago in the parking lot of Robertsville Baptist Church next to Robertsville Middle School.

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Location of Blessing Box in Oak Ridge

"The response so far has been really good" he said. "It warms my heart to see what people have brought to the box."

He partnered with the United Way of Anderson County to promote the project. 

Naomi Asher is the Executive Director.

She said there's a need in the community for items food stamps don't cover. 

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Naomi Asher is the Executive Director of United Way of Anderson County

Families who are struggling may not feel comfortable asking for help. The Blessing Box allows them to get what they need.

"They don't have to go through all the embarrassment of saying I'm kind of struggling. It's the end of the month and I need some of these things that I need and don't necessarily want to ask for," Naomi Asher said.

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Blessing Box in Oak Ridge

She hopes the Blessing Box is the first of many. 

Take what you need, leave what you can.