By Michelle Colesanti

Members of Horizon Christian Church are serious about helping the community rebuild and return to normal in spite of Hurricane Irma.

So many local people were impacted, especially with the flooding issues caused by the Alafia River rising, that many members of Horizon Christian Church have been out in the community doing the physical labor, but church members want to not only offer relief, but help residents rebuild their lives.

Recently church members were out delivering and building sheds for families affected to use as storage and to keep. 

To keep the help coming, Horizon Christian Church will hold a Spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 4 and invites everyone to attend and enjoy a delicious meal. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. and will be hosted by the Women’s Ministry. In lieu of cost for the dinner, the Ministry is asking each family to bring a Wal-Mart gift card and a donated personal hygiene item.

Dianne Klingler said, “Many families have been given food stamp assistance to help with replenishing food items; however they are still in need of soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene items and baby items such as diapers, wipes and formula. We are also collecting new toys for the children that have been affected and have lost everything.”

One hundred per cent of what is received will go directly to the families that have expressed needs to the church. If you or someone that you know is in need of assistance, you can log onto and fill out the form. Both short and long term assistance will be provided to the members of the community. You can also visit the website to make a financial donation to support the church’s efforts.

Horizon Christian Church is located at 1720 S. St. Cloud Ave. in Valrico. If you have any questions, please contact Chandra Christie at 966-5347.

Services are offered either 9 or 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. Services are casual, the music is modern and the people are friendly. Horizon offers a full range of children and student services from the age of infant to high school. Visit or call 689-1457.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.