The December distribution has come and gone but the thrill of reaching over 277 families is keeping all of the volunteers excited. On Sunday afternoon, we once again set up the sanctuary for the Yard Sale Ministry which was a real challenge with our huge Christmas tree. Believe it or not, everything still fit even if it was in an unusual place! Monday morning saw clients sitting in the parking lot as early as 6:00 a.m. waiting for the doors to open. We welcomed the new Bishop of the synod who came to see our operation. Needless to say, he was pretty amazed with the efficiency and scope of our ministry. He took lots of pictures, talked with volunteers and smiled a lot. Every client received some health care items and Jack was able to take twelve health care bags to our shut-in clients. All were thrilled with the extra items that were available.
Then the biggest news for our Food Pantry arrived on Tuesday morning, when we were notified that we will receive a $5000 grant from Thrivent, with a challenge that they will give us fifty cents more for every dollar we raise from Jan 1 to March 31, 2014. At a time when Jack’s budget from the county was cut by 20%, this is an amazing gift. We will be discussing how to reach that goal in later articles. Thanks to all who helped with their donations, their talents and their time. Without you, the Food Pantry could never survive.