GI Church hands out hundreds of picnic baskets to families for Memorial Day

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Third City Christian Church in Grand Island passed out picnic baskets drive-up style to families at Fonner Park today, May 23, 2020, so they can have a meal to celebrate the fallen on Memorial Day.

Nick Schonlau, an organizer and minister at Third City Christian Church said, "We wanted to do something fun, something different and we wanted to provide at the same time, a good meal for a whole family."

Third City Church partnered with Project Hunger and the National Guard to make it happen.

"I'm grateful that we get to show up and be apart of it. I know there's a lot of people right now that are really struggling," said Joshua Mathews, a volunteer from Third City Christian Church.

100 volunteers prepared about 1000 meals to pass out to families.

"We opened up at 10 a.m. and we're going to go until 2 p.m. or until all the food is gone," said Minister Schonlau.

People drove in with their trunks wide open to receive a meal. National Guard members directed traffic, while other volunteers placed the bags in people's cars without any contact. Each family received two baskets filled with food to make a picnic. In them were ingredients to make a sandwich, fresh fruits, vegetables, and a big bag of popcorn.

"We even put in activities for kids, coloring sheets, bubbles, something a little fun," said Schonlau.

The church raised over 15,000 dollars to help people affected by COVID-19 and used a large portion of it to fund the meal pick-up.

Schonlau said, "We don't want this just to be about the food itself but we want to make a bigger impact."

Third City Christian Church follows their mission to "love unlimited" and hope that through love they can help those in need.