The spirit of giving

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
As long-time members of the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, Donna Rieser and her husband, Fred (pictured from left to right with their granddaughter, Lydia Braunm) say they are never surprised by the generosity of the congregation. But even they had to admit that they were taken aback by the amount of support the church and the greater community recently showed to provide assistance to an organization that means so much to them. Throughout the week of February 7, hundreds of people across the region traveled to the church to drop-off sleeping bags, tents, clothing, food, and other non-perishable items to benefit those who need to access on-site services at Jordan’s Crossing, a ministry on the westside that serves the homeless and those struggling with addiction. As the founders of the non-profit organization – it was created to honor the memory of their late son Jordan, who passed away in a car accident in 2010 – the Rieser’s said the church and the local community has partnered with them before to provide assistance for their operations and programs before, but nothing quite to the scale displayed during this month. “They have helped us fill an entire box truck with items to donate to those in need,” said Donna Rieser as volunteers put the collected items into the truck on Feb. 13. “This is just beyond anything we could have imagined.” Jordan’s Crossing is located at 342 N. Hague Ave. in Columbus. With the help of community churches and local organizations, they are able to provide daily meals and offer other on-site services such as connectivity with health organizations. For more information, visit their website at
Grove City resident Todd Hallowell helps bring items into the truck at the Naz on Feb. 13.
Sue Bowles, a resident of Pataskala, proudly showcases some of the items donated to benefit Jordan’s Crossing.


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