homeless_web.jpgMIAMI GARDENS — Saying it wants to take its efforts to empower the community outside the sanctuary walls, the Universal Truth Center has launched a monthlong initiative to help the homeless and underserved in South Florida.

The church, at 21310 N.W. 37th Ave., Miami Gardens, has started a campaign to collect toiletry items through July at Sunday services and weekdays.

The items will be donated to the Miami Rescue Mission to assist men, women and children who seek services at their shelters.

The campaign theme is I Found HOPE at UTC and the church’s Membership Ministry will distribute bags called “Hope Totes” provided by the Rescue Mission.

Church members and friends will collect toiletry essentials, including soap, hand towels, tooth brushes and toothpaste, combs, brushes and baby wipes. The items will be put in the purple tote bags which will be given to administrators of the Rescue Mission.

“The church invites Miami Gardens officials, residents, business owners and friends to join in this project,” a UTC statement said. “They can drop off toiletry items at the Sunday worship services or during the week.”

For more information, call Membership Ministry Director LaVonne Mack at 786-877-6529 or 305-624-4991.