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A box of small blessings goes up in front of Du Quoin funeral home

  • The Blessing Box outside the funeral home is open for giving and taking, no questions asked.

    The Blessing Box outside the funeral home is open for giving and taking, no questions asked.
    Courtesy of Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home

Submitted by Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home
updated: 7/10/2020 12:44 PM

In the midst of what feels like negative news at every turn, a positive light can be found at the corner of the Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home in Du Quoin at 11 S. Hickory St.

The Rosados have created a "Blessing Box" and placed it near the front corner of the funeral home. The small white cabinet is stocked with nonperishable food items and basic toiletries.

The sign outside the box says, "Take what you need, leave what you can."

Contents of the box include dry pasta, ramen noodles, peanut butter, baby wipes, diapers, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, toilet paper and more.

The Rosados hope for it to be a sort of revolving door. People who need these goods can take some during times of need, while others are able to donate items for those in need.

Sometimes good people just need a little help and some of those people may want to do that in a more private way.

The Rosados say they were looking for something to do to give back to the community as an anniversary gift to the Chapel of Hope Church, which is hosted inside the funeral home.

"The members of the Chapel of Hope Church have been so kind in their nature and spirit, a true inspiration, we wanted to carry that forward," the Maxtons said in a news release.

"We felt this was a perfectly fitting tribute to the Chapel of Hope Church as well as the late Frank Maxton, who truly led by example the beauty of contributing to your community.

"The Blessing Box will be a constant reminder of the ray of light the members of that church are to us as well as the example and legacy set in years past by Mr. Frank Maxton.

"We hope the idea takes off locally, especially at churches and other businesses in town," the release adds.