Responding to the continuing mis- sion to serve humanity, the Oak- wood University Church partnered with Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala., on Monday, April 19, 2021, in pro- viding COVID-19 vaccinations to eli- gible Madison County residents, at the Oakwood University Church Family Life Center. Persons who met vaccination el- igibility requirements were to register with the church office prior to the afore- mentioned vaccination date. Yet, because the demand for vaccinations was so high, the deadline had to be extended to afford additional individuals the opportunity to receive the vaccine. On vaccination day, following strict COVID-19 protocols, nearly 200 individuals received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
his is not the first time the Oakwood University Church has sought to meet the felt needs of its community. Each week the church distributes 150 food baskets to community residents experiencing food shortages. Additionally, the church has served as a COVID-19 testing site on numerous occasions, and is a voting precinct for local, state, and federal elections; and, the Oakwood University Church Health Services Center, located in the Family Life Center, provides med- ical services to those in the community who need increased access to healthcare.
Earlier this year, in February and March, the church, in conjunction with Breath of Life Television Ministries, also spearheaded initiatives to donate more than 150,000 bottles of drinking water to residents in Houston, Tex., and Jackson, Miss., to address the water crisis both cities were experiencing due to the dev- astating winter storms in 2021.