Small box offers big blessings in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A blessing box has popped up in a Wichita yard.

A sign on the box reads, “Take a blessing when you need one. Leave blessing when you can.”

“People need food and they need hygiene. Fortunately I’ve never been in that situation, but I know there are so many people who are,” said Maggie Ballard.

Ballard and her 6-year-old son Paxton installed the blessing box in their Riverside front yard in mid October. They filled it with donated cans of food, boxes of food and hygiene products like shampoo and toothbrushes.

“Paxton checks it before he goes to bed, checks it after breakfast in the morning and we usually restock it in the morning,” Ballard said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ballard said about a dozen items had been taken since Wednesday morning.

“There’s spaghetti sauce and spaghetti that’s gone,” she said.

There were also several items left behind. Ballard said it’s a sign that good, positive things do come in small packages.

“If anything, if it just sparks some kindness for somebody else or makes somebody smile or fills up their belly or whatever, then our mission is accomplished,” she said.

Ballard said about 100 items have been taken since the blessing box was installed. She said people usually take and donate overnight.