The idea started off simple enough: In the early days of coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey pastor Chris Morante wanted to get groceries into the hands of self-isolating people who couldn’t get to the supermarket without risking their health and safety. Evangel Church in Scotch Plains recruited volunteers to safely deliver food and other basics via a little local initiative he called Boxes of Hope.

“We’ve always been committed to reaching our neighbors,” Morante said on Fox News. “We always say our mission field is across the street and around the world, so we began to mobilize our efforts as soon as we saw this crisis beginning.”

The idea started to spread, powered by Morante’s vision of seeing “hope spread faster than COVID-19,” and soon Boxes of Hope was delivering throughout the New Jersey area. Then Morante teamed up with Convoy of Hope and World Help, networking with churches all across America to roll the project out across the nation. The results have been pretty stunning.

“People come to the door in tears,” he said. “For you to know that you’re not forgotten, there’s a God that sees you and loves you and there’s someone in a church that cares about you. It really means the world to people.”

You can head over here to see how you and your church can get involved.