By Rev. Mark J. Niznik, Pastor and overseer of the program

On December 16, 2020, we gave out over 20,000 personal care/hygiene items to Marion County Public Schools’ Homeless Department that services over 2,000 homeless students. The retail value of the inventory was approximately $40,000. It was a grand effort in accumulating items and then loading up the delivery truck in the middle of some steady rain-wet heads and smiles!

A few news media outlets covered our story, and we made friends with the new Superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, Dr. Gullet, and new Homeless Liaison, Mr. Butler. The young adults from the district’s work-study program made a huge difference in getting these items out of the church social hall and into the delivery truck!

I was joyous to introduce our new Executive Director of CKBP, Kevin Robert, who was essential to the success of this inventory drive event getting it all wrapped up for Christmas! Kevin also manages our social media and the one making me blog! 🙂

I want to thank everyone who had a hand in this event as we get ready for our next inventory drive to benefit 750 homeless students of Alachua County! A blessed Christmas season to all, and thanks for stepping up to help in some way. Peace – Father Mark