food pack follow-up

Well, I promised I would let you all know how the food pack went. It was fabulous!

Although it rained on and off most of the day, we still managed to stay dry under the tent. Over 750 volunteers packed 3,000 boxes full of food. We raised over $35,000 to make this day possible. Each of those boxes will enter into a home of a family in the Chicago area struggling to put food on the table. With each box comes not only nutrition… but a message of hope! A message of the type of nourishment that can’t come from food. A message of love, peace and hope. With each box, we share the love of Christ. 3,000 boxes.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

our rainy setting

250 people packing at once

massive assembly line

our volunteers ranged from age 3-90!

yours truly with Sterling... I'm already tired at this point

 What a day! I definitely could not have pulled it off without a slew of people including, Jimmy and Sarah from CHF, Sue Ann, Kim, Sterling and Bruce from the office, all of the support staff and of course my ever-supportive husband, Kev.

weekend

Well folks, it’s the weekend. I am getting totally pumped up (and a little freaked out) about a huge service project our church is hosting this weekend.

On Sunday, we are hosting the second all-church Food Pack! Last March, we had a team of 250 people packing boxes of food for families in need in our area. Our church’s partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund has been so incredible. These events are awesome because
1. They connect people in church with each other. Serving with friends is fun! Meeting new people is fun!
2. Hungry people in our very own backyard receive boxes of nutritious food. A lot of times, we think of hunger as a problem in developing countries, but there is hunger right here, too. The Food Pack allows people to bring food into these homes, bringing nutrition, hope and the spirit-filling love of Christ.

This time around, we have 750 volunteers signed up. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of volunteers from age 3 to 85.

Service is more than something you do once in a while: it’s an attitude. An attitude of selflessness. Service is a moment when you step outside of yourself in order to meet the needs of others. Sometimes its uncomfortable. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it takes more from you than you might expect. My year as the Director of Local Serving has created so many opportunities for me to learn this. And as my last ‘official’ act in this role… I am hoping I won’t mess up too much what God is trying to do here!

So hopefully… we pull this thing off without a hitch! I’ll let you all know how it goes…