Charisma Magazine to Commemorate Anniversary with Food Distribution

The nation's largest and most influential charismatic magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary in an untypical fashion - distributing food to needy children in Orlando.

This year, instead of celebrating with a banquet, Charisma magazine will team up with Feed the Children to unload four trucks of food, personal care items, and prepackaged breakfasts to 1,200 needy children and families in the Orlando, Fla., area.

“We decided this year that instead of having another banquet, we wanted to help the poor,” Charisma Founder and President Stephen Strang said. “We feel that giving to others is more important than congratulating ourselves on Charisma magazine’s 30th anniversary. We hope to be able to help some people.”

The distribution event is to take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27 in the parking lot of the TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando. Around $28,000 worth of products will be given away to those in need. Each person will receive 45 pounds of products, including one 25-pound box of food items, 12 pounds of personal care items, and a third bag with breakfast bars, milk, chips, and juice.

The families that will receive food were pre-identified by Charisma’s nonprofit partner, Christian Life Missions, which works with local ministries to help the poor.

Free products will also be given to those who were not selected, so that "we will be able to bless people in need," said Rosella Ridings, director of conferences.

The Strang family will personally provide lunch for the event's 100 volunteers.

Earlier this year Time magazine named Charisma’s Strang as one of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America." It noted that Charisma “chronicles the fast-growing charismatic movement and has become powerful enough to wrangle a Bush interview last year.”

Although Charisma began as a church publication at Calvary Assembly in Winter Park, Fla. in 1975, it has become one of the largest monthly publications among evangelicals with monthly subscription base of 250,000 subscribers – second only to Today's Christian Woman, a bi-monthly with 256,000.

In June, Charisma became available in over 180 general markets and extended its influence to the secular world.

As part of its anniversary commemoration, Strang is offering 30 years of Charisma at 80 percent off the newsstand price - $300.