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Church opens its doors for 'The Cool Spot'

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kids Closet Coordinator Cindy Wright and Brazil Nazarene Church Community Outreach Ministry Director Erin Hood play a board game and enjoy the air conditioning during the opening of "The Cool Spot" Wednesday. [Order this photo]
As temperatures rise, many people are seeking refuge from the heat.

"We're here for people in our community without access to air conditioning, who are within walking distance and who might need a break from the hot weather." Brazil Nazarene Church Community Outreach Ministry Director Erin Hood told The Brazil Times on the first day the church started a new program entitled "The Cool Spot."

On days when the temperatures soar to 90 degrees or above, Hood said the church's Family Center, 1002 E. National Ave, Brazil, would be open from 2-6 p.m. so people of all ages could relax in the air conditioned facility. Signs will be placed outside to let people know it's open for the day.

"We welcome people of all ages. There will be free cold drinks, family-friendly movies and board games available. We're also working on having information available for other services in our community when people come in," she said. "It will be a great way to cool off and maybe make some new friends."

It also could be very helpful to parents of young children, according to Hood, who said there are playpens available for mothers to bring babies in for a cool place to take a nap.

"The heat sometimes makes them fussy," she said.

The idea came to Hood last summer, but the church wasn't able to get it off the ground until now. She hopes the program will be able in the future to help locate fans for those who need them.

"This was a relatively easy way to give back to our community. Although this idea is new, we're learning what the needs of our community are," Hood said. "It would be great if the community became involved. This is exciting and I'm sure we will learn and be able to do more when people start coming in."

For more information about "The Cool Spot," contact Erin Hood at 448-3188.

How to help

The Brazil Nazarene Church's "The Cool Spot" hopes to offer people of all ages a respite from the heat on days when the temperatures top 90 degrees or above.

Located in the Family Center, 1002 E. National Ave, Brazil, signs will be posted out front to let people know the facility will be open from 2-6 p.m. on those days.

If you would like to volunteer to work a two-hour shift or make a donation of supplies to support "The Cool Spot," contact Erin Hood (and leave message) at 448-3188.

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What a great program to offer the residents of Clay County, and my good friend Cindy is involved, makes it even better:) Congrats Erin and Cindy, miss ya, love ya Cindy:) Your Iraqi friend:)

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 7:10 PM

What a wonderful way to care for others. God bless you!

Mark 9:41

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 12:14 AM

May God Bless and increase this minsitry!!!!!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 6:48 AM

thanks for caring

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 7:11 AM

great idea! this is such a remarkable way to help people in need of a cool, relaxing place. Wishing you much continued succes.

-- Posted by momof2brightones on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 8:14 AM

Very nice...extending the Kingdom!

-- Posted by scurtj2 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 2:40 PM

I think this is a very good idea..There are some elderly people in town without air conditioning and could really benifit from this center. And also others too with children that don't have any air at their homes. And yes, to make new friends too. And the movies are nice too. But i can see where the center will need help in donations if they give away free drinks.Which i'm sure will be appreciated by all who recieve them. If more would do this, then there would be more content here in the summertime.

-- Posted by KT48 on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 4:50 PM

What a great out reach ministry this is. If you have air conditioning as I do, then we are certainly blessed but I am afraid many are not as fortunate. Just a place for a child to take a long, cool nap or even an adult is condusive to a better night's sleep. The drinks, board games and movies sound like a fun thing too.

God bless all the volunteers and the Nazarene Church for having a heart for those less fortunate. Also what a nice place for hot, weary, passerbys to come in out of the oppresive heat and cool off. Thanks to all who are serving the Lord in this way.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 5:59 PM

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