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MINISTRY DISTRIBUTES FOOD, CLOTHES TO NEEDY FOR EASTER.

Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - A growing Santa Clarita ministry reached out to community members by distributing food and clothing to the needy on Easter Sunday.

The reverend of the 3-year-old Burning Bush Church said they want the community to know that the church is there for them, even though it may seem that there aren't needy people in Santa Clarita.

``We're just here to share the love of God. There is no pronounced need, but we still want to be here and available,'' the Rev. Les Robinson said. ``It's well hidden, but I know there are homeless people in Santa Clarita, I know there are people who need clothes and I know there are people who need food.''

The more than 200 people in the congregation donated food and clothes including canned foods, juices, shoes and coats, as well as helping to arrange the food in shopping bags and washing all the clothes.

``It's more of an outreach program - we're reaching out to people in the community and telling them they have help here if they ever need it,'' said congregation member John Harris. ``We want to be a blessing to all the people in the community.''

The non-denominational church will open its doors again on June 30 to pass out the food and clothes. The reverend urged those who want or need the help to attend a church service.

``We want to feed them in their spiritual man too,'' Robinson said.

The young church has reached out to several Santa Clarita organizations including the homeless shelter, the Santa Clarita Valley Pregnancy Center and the local senior center, with donations and volunteers.

``The kids make cards for the hospital, telling patients we're praying for them,'' said Brenda Robinson, the reverend's wife.

The church continues to grow rapidly, prompting church leaders to look for another larger location than those they rent in two shopping plazas along Seco Canyon Road.

As Robinson surveyed the room full of donated items and people working, he praised his congregation for being unique in the valley.

``Every Sunday I stand at the podium and look at the congregation and say this is the most beautiful church,'' Robinson said, explaining that the church has members from Ghana, Belize, Iraq and Cuba, among various other countries.

``How many churches in America have a blending of different cultures, economic levels and education levels?'' Robinson said. ``It's just beautiful.''

The church will hold a concert with a blend of different styles of music and dance, on April 27 at 7 p.m. at 28030 Seco Canyon Road.

For more information on the church and its events, contact the Burning Bush Church, 28030 N. Seco Canyon Road, Saugus, at (661) 254-5262 or www.burningbushchurch.org.
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