Pastor in Cherry Picker Reaches Backpack Campaign Goal

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2010) –The lead pastor of Coastal Community Church who perched himself on a cherry picker to collect backpacks has met his goal and is back on solid ground. With the help of Food For The Poor, T.J. McCormick will be able to distribute 1,500 backpacks to local children.

On Tuesday McCormick moved into his temporary home in the sky. Today he informed Food For The Poor he had collected 750 backpacks. The organization’s commitment to match his collection totals 1,500 backpacks for the children in Pompano Beach’s Collier City, one of South Florida’s forgotten communities.

“I don’t think I would have lasted another day up there in this South Florida heat, but it was worth it. It was also a real blessing Food For The Poor stepped in when it did to help us reach our goal,” said T.J. McCormick, lead pastor.

The Coconut Creek church is new in the area and for now they meet at a local high school. “This is not a gimmick or stunt, we want to help, and we care about the needs in the Collier City community,” said Jonathan Duncan, worship pastor.

After learning about the project, Food For The Poor made the commitment to help. Food For The Poor will also donate additional school supplies. The pastors and a representative from Food For The Poor will deliver the backpacks to the community on Aug. 21. To learn more about the campaign, go to

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed the millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. To learn more, please visit

Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
954-427-2222 x 6079