WASHINGTON – To celebrate the one year anniversary of AID TO HUMANITY- US Tour by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ in Washington, DC – a week-long gift-giving and community outreach events took place from August 12th to 16th, 2020 — visiting twelve  (12) prominent locations in the states of Washington, DC., Maryland, and Virginia.

Members of the INC from eleven local congregations participated and donated 3,000 face masks and 680 care packages containing hand sanitizers, paper towels, and groceries.

Recipients of these care packages are from Chesapeake Nursing Home (MD), Kusina Filipino Restaurant (VA), Greater Baltimore Medical Center (MD), Necitas Assisted Living (MD), Wesley Madison Ridge Apartments Section 8 Housing (VA), Manila Oriental (VA), Henson Creek Assisted Living Facility (MD), Charleston Senior Community (MD), Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home (MD), Fort Steven’s Place (DC), and two local communities in DC

INC Washington District Minister Matthew T. Capistrano, reiterated the importance of helping those who are in need especially in this time of crisis and grappling economy — “To fulfill the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have this activity, and we will continue to be of service to our fellowmen, we will continue to love them, above all, we will continue to share the words and teachings of our Almighty God.”

One of the recipients — Laurie Pryzybylski, Administrative Assistant at the Oncology Department of Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) said “It is such a gift and such a blessing to have people who care enough to put forth all these efforts; it is so needed for our staff, for our patients. So it’s such a blessing to have your church contribute and get together and do something that is so helpful and meaningful.”

The local congregation of Patuxent River helping Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home with care packages. (Supplied photo)

Brethren from Gaithersburg giving out face masks to people at Malcolm King Park.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, faithful members of the IGLESIA NI CRISTO did not stop from reaching out to different establishments and neighbourhoods in this new normal way of living. While observing all health restrictions and protocols, they managed to distribute PPEs to local medical facilities and schools in celebration of the 106th anniversary of the establishment of the church on July 27th.

Through the leadership and guidance of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo — outreach activities, such as this in the Washington, DC area constitutes what the INC members believe in – that “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it.” – Proverbs 3:27

Last year — Aid to Humanity US Tour took place in Temple Hills, Maryland. Those in attendance received backpacks containing school supplies and other care packages from the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, a charitable arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Monetary donations were also given to non-profit organizations that day. (PR)

The INC is currently established in 157 countries and territories worldwide, with 147 races and nationalities. It continues to grow and extend assistance to people through Aid To Humanity projects by the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation.