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Calvary Community Church reaches out to neighborhoods with fun plus bags of food
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Students from Calvary Community Church on Lathrop Road helped to put a new life into the Crestwood Park Saturday morning with their staged antics that brought neighborhood children to a field of fun and games. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Calvary Community Church members – adults and children alike – went the extra mile Saturday to bring home and food the neighborhood around Crestwood Park Saturday morning.

Everything was there – including a lot of love – from barbecued chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs to bags of groceries for anyone in need.
Some 120 church volunteers made it all happen.  Manteca police officer Shawn Cavin was on hand with a booth and Ripon Police even had a hand in the event.  Dan Brannon was there to make children’s identification cards putting out upwards of 35 for neighborhood families.

Church leader Tim Giamosa said the “Neighborhood Tour” is planning to go to other neighborhoods in coming weeks and throughout the year.  It will include more than the carnival atmosphere in the parks with a focus on the needs of senior citizens.  

“We’re excited about it,” Giamosa said.  “We want to be part of the solutions – we want to be a part of people’s lives.”

He said there were people volunteering in the park on Saturday only because they came to the church pantry in need themselves.  In return they opted to offer their help for others like themselves who were in need of support.  

Calvary Community Church has an average attendance of 1,200 on Sundays at their four services.