Saturday, December 20, 2014
Community Meal Packing Project
Uniting our community and fighting hunger
in our neighborhoods and around the world.
What you've done has made a big difference to a hungry person. Jesus cared for people who were hungry and as followers of Jesus, we want to do the same. See photos from the event on our Facebook page. Watch a video from the event.
We packed a total of 691,416 meals over five days! About 2,300 volunteers filled 30 shifts. Close to 500,000 meals will go overseas to programs like the Andrew Grene School near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The remaining meals will stay in this country to be distributed where most needed, including locally and to disaster relief sites.
Here are some of the stories we heardA group from Hilliard Food Pantry came to pack meals and ended up taking a pallet (over 7,100 meals) to feed the homeless in Columbus prior to the snowstorm on Saturday night. More than 2,000 meals were prepared and distributed in the tent camps around town.
A young woman approached and thanked one of our volunteers. The volunteer asked her if she went to a church in town; she dropped her head and said that she did not attend a church. The volunteer said, “That's ok, we are just glad you are here!” She looked at the volunteer and said, “I didn't know church could be like this…” Our volunteer said, “This one is!”
A lady signed up for multiple shifts because she saw a poster hanging up in her bar. She had a great experience and made lots of new friends.
Two girls from Somalia came with a girl from Palestine and were speaking Spanish to each other. Dan (from Mano Amiga) overheard them, came over and started speaking Spanish with them. They were from the diversity club at Hilliard High School. Now they want to go on a mission trip to Mexico.
Until next time, here are some opportunities to build on the friendships you made this week. Follow these links for more information:
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Contact Pastor Brodie Taphorn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 451-3736, ext. 7608.