Blessing Box volunteers concerned by abuse

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WILSON, Okla. (KXII)-- Blessing Box volunteers in Wilson are concerned going into the holiday season, by those who may be abusing the system.

"We see it every day, people stopping getting groceries, and people stopping, putting groceries in." Tom McNeill, who runs the nursing home across the street from the Assembly of God church's Blessing Box, says its a joy to see in action.

"I think its a very good comment on the community and the church that takes up this cause to supply food," McNeill said. "There's no reason for anyone to go hungry in Wilson."

In January, the Blessing Box will celebrate its one-year-anniversary.

"I didn't know there was such a need until we started doing this," Imagene Lowery, who is one of the volunteers who maintains the box, said. "There is a big need in this little town for food, because most people are on social security."

And Lowery loves the idea behind the box.

"Its the best feeling in the world. Its a joy to us to be able to serve the people."

But she has recently become concerned about people abusing the system.

"Just in moderation, take what you need," Lowery said. "But some of them just grab it, they don't even look to see what it is."

Something McNeill says he hates to hear about.

"It's just like the honor system on anything," McNeill said. "You trust people are going to be honest with what you take, and you hope that's the case."

Going into the holidays, Lowery just wants everyone to remember the Golden Rule.

"Just remember who's coming up next is in just as much of a need as you are." Lowery said.

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