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Nonprofits to benefit from NorthBridge Community Church's Be Rich campaign

| Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

NorthBridge Community Church of Cranberry is kicking off its annual fundraising campaign on Sunday.

The campaign, called Be Rich, will run for the next four weeks as members of the NorthBridge congregation donate time, money and food to local nonprofits, said church spokesperson Sarah Robison.

Stemming from Bible verse 1 Timothy 6:18, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share,” the Be Rich campaign inspires people to be rich and generous toward others, said lead pastor Jame Price.

A collection will be taken during church service Sunday, and all the money will be donated directly to the Light of Life Rescue Mission, a North Side homeless shelter, and Glade Run Lutheran Services, a Zelienople-based alternative education and residential treatment facility for children with mental health and behavioral issues.

In following weeks, members will volunteer at World Vision aid distribution center in Pittsburgh; Hosanna Industries, a Rochester organization that offers construction and repair services to low-income homeowners in the Pittsburgh area; and Hearts for the Hungry, an Erie-based program that provides food to schoolchildren in Haiti.

They will donate food to The Center for Hope food pantry in Ambridge and Gleaner's Food Bank in Cranberry.

The children at NorthBridge will fill shoe boxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritans's Purse of Boone, N.C.

Price said they try to help nonprofits with whatever they need, whether it be monetary donations, food or “boots on the ground.”

“We just say, what's the greatest need here and how can we assist, but we try to spread the love every year the best we can,” he said.

Last year, the church raised $21,460 for the Pittsburgh Project and Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, exceeding its goal of $7,000, Robison said. The church completed 300 hours of community service and donated 2,687 pounds of food to pantries.

This year, there is no set goal.

“We're just going to give and give generously and trust that God will multiply it beyond our expectations,” Price said.

NorthBridge Community Church is a partner of the North Point Ministries in Atlanta, where the Be Rich campaign originated. NorthBridge joined the campaign last year, Price said, but the church has done an annual holiday fundraiser since its founding in September 2007.

Goals for the entire Be Rich campaign, which includes all of North Point's partner churches, are to donate 40,000 service hours, 70 tons of food, 20,000 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and $2.2 million.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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