Gainesville First Assembles COVID-19 Blessing Bags


A small gift can make a big difference. Volunteers at Gainesville First UMC have assembled and prepared Blessing Bags for anyone in their community who is struggling with symptoms of COVID-19. 

In consultation with a local physician, the church developed a list of contents for each bag:

  • Chapstick
  • Vitamins (C, D, Zinc)
  • Cough Drops
  • Baby Wipes
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Mask
  • Kleenex
  • Crackers
  • Soup
  • Lotion
  • Upper Room Devotional
  • Contact information to connect with volunteers willing to do grocery store runs, errands, etc. 
Additionally, the bag may include:
  • A Prayer Blanket/Quilt (Made or Donated from the Church)
  • A Homemade Neck Warmer (Made by a Ministry of the Church)
  • A Reusable Grocery Bag with the Church Name (Provided by the Church)
Church members contact the church office as they know of someone who would benefit from one of the bags. A team of volunteers makes the contact-less delivery. 

"We have the bags prepared in advance and once we hear of a need, I will reach out to one of our volunteers," said Rev. Jamey Prickett, an associate pastor at Gainesville First. "They normally call beforehand and let the person know that they are dropping off a bag."

Rev. Prickett says that including a personal touch from the church has meant a lot to the recipients. 

"Sometimes we include a homemade cornbread, homemade neck warmers, or a prayer shawl made by members of the prayer ministry," he said.