“Burrow Boxes” a Blessing to Perry Co. Residents

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Cincinnati Bengal’s Quarterback Joe Burrow is inspiring a movement among a church in Ohio.

Jim Wilson is the senior pastor at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville. Around the time of the Super Bowl he gave a sermon about blessings and using blessings to help others. His example, Burrow’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech where the QB spoke about food insecurity for those in Appalachia.

Pastor Wilson then challenged his congregation to take home a “Burrow Box” fill it with supplies and return it to the church to help Appalachian communities.

“Appalachia covers 13 different states and Ohio is one of those. In Ohio 32 of the 88 counties are considered Appalachia,” explained Pastor Wilson. “We can’t help everybody, everywhere but we can do something for somebody somewhere and it’s just an incredible honor to give back to Perry County.”

Pastor Wilson grew up in Thornville and chose Perry County as the recipient of some of the “Burrow Boxes.” They’ve made stops in Thornville, Junction City and the Southeast Perry County Food Pantry in Corning. So far over 300 boxes had been returned to the church weighing in at over three tons of food.

“It shows that the congregation that I have the honor of pastoring is a congregation that knows they’ve been blessed and I’m so proud of them. They’re good good Christian people. They didn’t have to do it. They wanted to do it because they know they’ve been blessed and they wanted to pass on their blessing,” said Pastor Wilson.

On top of the food donations they also presented the Southeast Perry County Pantry a check of $1,000. The pantry’s organizers said they serve around 200 people a month.

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Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.