SHAMOKIN - Pastor Paul Eby of Restoration Ministries Church and members of his congregation, who are known for helping the needy in the area in various ways, got into the Easter spirit Sunday by delivering 500 food baskets to the elderly at highrises and homes in Shamokin, Coal Township and Kulpmont.

The "Day of Blessing" project involved approximately 50 church members and friends volunteering their time to deliver truck and car loads of various food items. Packaging of the products began Saturday at the church at Chestnut and Third streets while delivery started at noon Sunday.

"We do things like this to give glory to God," commented Eby in the lobby of Coal Township Elderly Housing at 101 N. Ash St., where the first delivery took place.

Eby said he was inspired by God through a dream to help the less fortunate during the Easter season, particularly the two generations that preceded him. "I know that elderly in our area really struggle at times and we just wanted to honor them by providing food baskets to make their days more enjoyable, he said. "My parents and grandparents generations are an awesome group of people and deserve all the help we can provide."

In addition to delivering food, Eby and other church members prayed for the recipients and others at every stop.

All of the recipients appreciated the kindness expressed by Eby and his flock.

Jackie Carl, who has lived in Coal Township Elderly Housing for four years, said, "I think it's wonderful what they are doing. I appreciate the food and their prayers."

Eby said the church, which was established in 1996, has conducted other community-oriented programs such as spaghetti dinners and gas giveaways.

The pastor said he hopes his church can make the Easter season project an annual event.