As part of the United Church of Christ’s Mission 1 campaign (check it out at ucc.org), our Sunday School participants and members of St. Johns and St. Jacobs were working on our goal of 511 food items for the Sunman area food pantry by 11/11/11 (or the Sunday after).
Our tally as of 11/13/11: 585
Nationwide, mission 1′s goal of 1 million nutritious food items was also exceeded, with a current tally of 1,282,157 and counting!
Just imagine what else is possible with God!
Sunday School Fall 500:
Once again, the challenge is on to collect 500 items for the less fortunate in our community. This year, we have a “head-start”, as we collected 140 toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss for HEADSTART preschool programs in 5 counties. Rachel Luers spearheaded this collection as part of a community outreach project she’s working on in her nursing classes, as she works toward her RN. Now we need 360 food, personal care products and/or laundry products to reach our goal by Sunday, November 24. The Sunday School is asking both our churches to help us reach this goal. Canned fruit is the canned food item in most need.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. Matthew 25:35
On December 8, we will help pack food baskets at the Food Pantry, 1-3 pm. Sunman Food Pantry expects to give out about 200 food baskets this year. Looking for something special to do during the holidays? It’s right here, literally, in our own back yard! Families are welcome (and encouraged) to help. Children 9 & up can come on their own. Those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Update: As of November 24, we had reached – and far exceeded – our goal. 692 food & personal care items were collected at St. Jacob’s and St. John’s!! Wow! Thank you to all who helped achieve this goal! What a great way to start the Advent season!
December 2, 2011
Even though the Sunman Food Pantry is usually just open Saturdays, co-coordinator Sandy Wagner met a woman there Wednesday after receiving an urgent phone call from a pastor.
The disabled client asked her, “‘Will we be able to have any meat for supper tonight?’ The family has never come to the food pantry before, but this month they are in dire need.”
“Families are having it rough right now because there’s not a lot of work in this area,” explains community service specialist Sue Felton, who operates Brookville’s Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corp. Food Pantry.
“The need is just unbelievable,” agrees Bill Warren. The Ripley County Food Pantry president says six years ago 60 families were visiting his facility, but now “we’re approaching 400 families a month.”
“A lot of people are running out of their unemployment. Others run out of food stamps by the end of the month,” Felton points out.
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