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Blessing Boxes appearing in the Upstate

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An Upstate man is hoping his newly-installed blessing box will be a blessing for people in need. Blessing boxes are miniature pantries stocked with donated free non-perishable foods and hygiene products.

Nobody seems to know exactly how this charitable trend started, but boxes started appearing after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The idea is that anyone passing by who might be struggling can get what they need and generous people who want to help, can contribute items.

Outside C&C Thunder Custom Cycles in Cowpens, you’ll find the Upstate’s newest blessings box. Business owner Chris Jolley says it all started because of a post he saw online about a box in North Carolina. He called the woman who put it together and asked a lot of questions.

After that conversation, Jolley says he couldn’t stop thinking about installing a box so just last week on Thursday he went on Facebook to ask his friends for help. Immediately, he started hearing from people who wanted to participate. One friend built the box, another added the decals and a few more offered to paint it. The blessing box went into the ground on Tuesday.

“What I’m hoping happens,” says Jolley, “is an individual or a family down on their luck might see this as an opportunity to help them up a little bit. When they get back on their feet maybe they’ll come back and give back to it and it will keep rolling that way.”

It seems to blessing box trend may grow in the Upstate. Jolley says he’s been contacted by a teacher in Pacolet who wants to create a blessing box in her community. Last month FOX Carolina reported about a similar community pantry at Rob’s Deli in Spartanburg.

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