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First Baptist Orlando “Loved Orlando” at Lizzie Rogers Park

On Sunday April 10, AMPD Student Ministry from First Baptist Orlando “Loved Orlando” at Lizzie Rogers park – a site less than two miles from the church. Ranging from 6th grade through college, 100 students provided games, a free meal, and a Easter egg hunt for the 100+ neighborhood children and their families who came out for the event. They also presented the Gospel, and at the end of the event distributed 100 filled Easter baskets to the children.

AMPD Student Ministry Partnership

This summer, AMPD Student ministry hopes to partner with the children’s ministry as they host “Expedition Clubs” in this park and others surrounding our church. If your student is interested in serving the local community with other students, contact David Blackwell, First Baptist Orlando student ministry intern, at DavidBlackwell@firstorlando.com.

Thousands Fed During Spring Break

Over the last two weekends, First Baptist Orlando filled over 3,000 boxes of food for families in need in Central Florida to help them through Spring Break. Generally, the children of these families receive breakfast and lunch at school, but when school is out for Spring Break they miss out on these much needed meals.

First Orlando worked with the local school districts to identify families in need. Many of these families live in motels or with neighbors. Second Harvest Food Bank partnered to supply the food at a greatly reduced cost. Countless volunteers worked to fill boxes of food. And many more volunteers took the boxes out to the families.

Over 3,000 boxes were filled with groceries to feed four people two meals a day for five days which resulted in over 120,000 meals going out to local families in need.

Feeding the “New Homeless”

Feeding the “New Homeless”

During the weekend of  March 19th and 20th, First Baptist Orlando prepared and delivered 19 pallets of food to 1000 families in Osceola and Seminole Counties in a Love Orlando event. Both counties schools start spring break this week and it was critical to have food and support in their hands before the end of the weekend. Many of the growing number of children in this “new homeless” demographic will be out of school for spring break this week. They wont be getting school and needed immediate help.

Volunteers handed out 1400 fliers to hotels and motels that were identified by a “families-in-transition coordinator” from each county as having a high rate of extended stay families due to foreclosure, unemployment or other financial reasons. Hundreds of families responded to the flyer. The areas for this initial food drop were families that responded in motels off Highway 192 in Kissimmee and in Altamonte Springs off SR 436.

A similar food distribution will take place in Orange next week. Any volunteers wanting to help should call Jandle Gill at (407) 514-4201.