River Hills Community Church was buzzing with activity Sept. 10.
Volunteers were filling bags of rice around tables lined up in the gym, singing and dancing, children carrying baskets of full packages to the sealing machines, teenagers filling boxes of 36 bags each and pallets of food piling up before being loaded in the truck. It was all part of the church’s outreach for Stop Hunger Now.
“We were asking for 600. We were hoping 400 would show up. We welcomed 809 volunteers!,” Said Monqiue Boekhout. “And we put them all to work.”
The goal was to make 100,008 meals with 36 packages in each box.
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“We would have been very happy to get close to that. But we did not,” she said. “We exceeded our goal and packed 100,440 meals.”
Volunteers worked in three shifts of less than 90 minutes.
“This is what can be accomplished when people get together with a common goal and mission: to work together toward stopping hunger in the world,” Boekhout said.
What people said
“The smiles on peoples' faces today were priceless, and our little runners had a ball. Something for everyone to do to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”
“It was fantastic! My kids just loved it! If my kids love it, then I am for it.”
“What a wonderfully fun and worthy neighborhood project. Congratulations to your whole committee for a commendable job.”
Bruce and Nancy Roberts
“We invited the community and they came ... together we were 809 strong and packed 100,440 meals with Stop Hunger Now! “
Pastor Gayle Montgomery, River Hills Community Church
“Wonderful day packing meals for Stop Hunger Now at River Hills Community Church today. We packed 100,400 meals!”
“It was a great event! We came with our four kids and worked our own table. Our children really enjoyed participating in this well run family event.”
“Great event! We came with our two children, 10 and 15 years old. They had a ball.”