Thursday, September 3, 2020

Take a blessing. Leave a blessing.

Before it developed into a trademark program throughout the state of Kansas, Paxton's Blessing Box started with a $38 trip to Dollar Tree in Wichita. That's how much money Maggie Ballard and her son, Paxton Burns, needed to fill a crimson box in front of their house with pre-packaged food products in October, 2016. A sign on the box read, "Take a blessing when you need one. Leave a blessing when you can."

So many people donated food to the box that Ballard and her son never spent another dollar. But that's not all. The crimson boxes have become popular in Kansas with 75 locations so far, allowing those in need to grab food whenever they want while others replenish the boxes with donations.

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