First Christian Church awards first round of Inspiring Generosity Grants


TOWNSHIP — Jan. 2, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) awarded the first round of their Inspiring Generosity Grants as an outgrowth of their vision to become devoted disciples through “passionate spirituality, joyful service, and inspiring generosity.” They received 11 grant proposals from individuals and associations in the Canton region and decided to award this first round of grants for a total of $ 9,500 for the following seven projects:

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• $ 1,530 for the Loving Bottoms diaper bank to expand its diaper services to 15 additional children

• $ 2,000 to Lincoln Elementary School for a project that will engage students in helping make blankets for families served by Fulton-Mason Crisis Services.

• $ 1,000 for Fulton Mason Crisis Services to provide emergency gift cards to clients who have had to flee domestic violence and need basic necessities.

• $ 1,400 for Dr. Jason Douglas to work on eradicating bedbugs from homes in the Canton region.

• $ 700 for the YMCA to offer a new school-age center program that includes both physical activities and a focus on emotional health and well-being

• $ 1,870 for St. Mary’s Food Pantry to launch a “Dairy Friday” program that will ensure its customers receive regular dairy projects.

• $ 1,000 for Lincoln Elementary School for their pantry and hygiene pantry, noting the high need for lice kits, which can otherwise be prohibitive for families.

As winter weather prevented many grant recipients from attending in person, KiLee Lidwell-McFerren, Lincoln Elementary School and YMCA representative Paula Grigsby were at the awards ceremony, which IGG team leader , Don Heller, facilitated.

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First Christian Church is delighted to grant these wonderful projects which will improve the lives of many Cantonites. They are grateful to the Ingersoll Trust Fund, which allows them to be able to inspire the generosity of neighbors.

Special thanks go to the entire IGG team, which includes Don, Daryle and Alan Coleman, Laura Taylor, Doreen Shaw and Steve Mason.

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The objective of the grants is to enable individuals and organizations in the Canton area to pursue a creative project to serve those in need or improve the community, especially in the areas of education, poverty, supplies of personal care or human services. If you have an idea you would come up with for the next round of grants in 2022, check for updates at


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