The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ, an international religious organization established in 158 countries and territories, held an Aid to Humanity event in in Norfolk, Virginia on October 31, as part of its worldwide activity to help communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
INC members from the Hampton Roads Region and North Carolina joined efforts to promote goodwill, love, and appreciation for friends and neighbors in the community.
They gave out care packages that included groceries and other essential products. Licensed medical professionals were also on-site to administer free flu vaccinations via drive-thru.
The event, held at the Military Circle Mall Parking Area, benefited at least 500 community members.
Congressman Bobby Scott and Councilwoman Andria McClellan joined in the Church’s event to distribute the free grocery bags.
McClellan even posted kind words about the event on Twitter.
“Grateful for the amazing generosity and help from #IglesiaNiCristo in Norfolk today, providing free flu shots, food, and water to long lines of cars. Thanks for letting me pitch in, too! This #AidToHumanity program is such a welcome blessing to those in need. Thank you!” she said.–Councilwoman Andria McClellan
Local media news stations Wavy TV 10 (NBC affiliate), WTKR, and Hampton Roads Show joined in promoting the event.
Before the October 31 event, the INC had also conducted several Aid to Humanity events and extended help in various ways to public schools, nursing homes and elderly facilities, unemployment offices, and local law enforcement offices.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo, under the stewardship of its Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, is unceasing in its socio-civic projects globally, reaching out to the different sectors of the community, especially the marginalized.
It has also established eco-farms in Shoshoni, Wyoming and Scenic, South Dakota in the US as well as 37 other eco-farms worldwide including eight in Africa and two more in Canada which have provided livelihood opportunities for thousands including non-church members. The eco-farms also produce food contributing to various governments’ efforts to alleviate hunger.
From providing free drive-through flu shots and distribution of free bags filled with groceries and personal care products to the establishment of eco-farms to help create job opportunities, the INC continues to extend a helping hand to those in need in the United States and other countries.
The INC’s members are from 147 races and nationalities worldwide.