A new community resource now is outside the Hardin County Government Building.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office recently unveiled a blessing box, a structure where people leave donated goods for others who might face various food needs.

Sheri­ff John Ward said the idea arose from the ex­periences of Deputy Rus­ty John­son, who recently assisted a family in need. He saw blessing boxes around and presented the idea.

Ward said they then checked with Deputy Judge-Exec­utive Daniel London, who got everything approved to put the blessing box on county property outside the Hardin County Government Building on North Provident Way in Eliza­bethtown.

London said build­ings and grounds personnel volunteered to assist in building the box from scratch and assist in maintaining it long-term.

“We are grateful to Sheriff Ward for providing an opportunity for (the buildings and grounds) team to partner with his department in assisting needy families,” he said.

“The sheriff and his team have a first-hand view of the needs within our community and are constantly evaluating and implementing collaborative ways to resource those needs,” London said.

The box is stocked with nonperishable items, a way to make sure food people need is good at whatever time their need for it arises.

“Everybody in the government build­ing is participating in it along with the public,” Ward said, noting the box has been in place for a couple weeks.

Those who wish to donate nonperishable items can do so by placing them inside the box or by dropping them off at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

“We feel like it is a way we can contribute to the community,’’ Ward said. “We don’t want to see anybody hungry, and it is a small way we can give back.”

Ward said an official dedication is expected at a later date.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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