Balm Church holds its Community Giveback

Published 7:57 pm Thursday, June 10, 2021

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A Suffolk Church is making sure it’s meeting the needs of its community this summer.

Balm Church East Campus is holding its annual Community Giveback from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in June at 523 E. Washington St.

The Community Giveback is both a drive-up or walk-up format, depending on the need. Some who come prefer to pull up in their cars. However, the church knows that many of those in need lack transportation, so they are ready to serve those who walk up, as well.

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“Our ministry is to reach the community and do all we can,” said Karlisa Joyner, administrator at Balm Church. “We are here as a church as a whole to support the community.”

A variety of items will be available at this community-centered giveaway. There will be clothes in various sizes for men, women and children. There will also be cleaning supplies and toiletries available. Lastly, there will not only be canned foods available but also a hot meal.

“So many people are in need of a little bit of everything right now,” said Joyner. “A little goes a long way, and we are always trying to give back.”

This community giveaway is the fourth one at the East campus, but it is the 10th year total including ones at the South campus on White Marsh Road. This event is one the church has done every year at the beginning of summer. The church has also done other giveaways, including ones for Thanksgiving, which provides food for 500 people. Even though these giveaways won’t reach quite as many, there will be more than enough for those who choose to come.

“We are always trying to give back,” said Joyner. “Part of our ministry is to provide a little bit of everything to help the best way possible.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call, 934-1700 or visit