The number of families needing assistance since hurricane Ike has continued to increase at Orange Christian Services (OCS) due to the current economic hardships. The ministry program provides food, clothing and some financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions, plus medical and dental visits to Orange County indigent families. Donations to help fund these needs are provide by forty-three member churches, along with individuals and organizations.

OCS is now preparing for their annual “Food Blitz” held through the month of April. Representatives will be at local grocery stores on Saturdays through April to accept food donations from the public. Donations may also be made 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday thru Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon, Friday at the OCS facility at 2518 W. Park, Orange.

In 2009 OCS helped an additional 774 families, bringing the year’s total to 7,324. OCS fed 18,707 individuals and clothed 13,612. Families receiving financial assistance for prescriptions, medical/dental emergencies, rent or utilities were 825. In 2009, 99 tons of food was donated or purchased.