Second Baptist Church donates bikes, coats to children in need

Kyunna Purnell, along with Shalita Edwards, Shauncey Jones and Aaliyah Quarles, donated children's coats collected by Second Baptist Church members to Oktibbeha County DHS to be distributed to children in need for Christmas. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Second Baptist Church members collected bicycles and coats to donate to children in need for Christmas.

The jackets and bicycles were distributed by Second Baptist Church to elementary schools and Oktibbeha County Department of Human Services on Monday.

Second Baptist Church Pastor Joseph Stone said since he became pastor in 2010, the church has collected around 400 bikes in seven years, and this year the church donated 50 bikes.

Stone said church members and other members of the community collected the bikes at the church, and then the church donated the bikes to Sudduth Elementary School, Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School and Overstreet Elementary School for principals and social workers to distribute to students who could benefit from receiving a bike for Christmas.

"The psychology behind it is we wanted to give them something to get them outside," Stone said. "They get something shiny and new, but it also gets them exercising and away from video games and computers."

Along with bikes, Stone said, the church also collected winter coats for children in need after an idea from church member Kyunna Purnell.

Second Baptist Church hosted a Christmas Gala Dec. 7, and instead of paying admission to the event, church members were asked to bring a winter coat to donate.

Purnell said she was inspired to organize the coat drive after seeing children in the community in the cold without jackets to wear.

Second Baptist Church raised 22 coats, and they were given to Oktibbeha County Department of Human Services to distribute to children in need.

"It is a blessing to be a blessing," Purnell said