This year we'd like to once again have a church-wide packing party to fill boxes from the church as a whole. It's been several years since we've done this and I don't want to take away anyone's desire to individually pack boxes, but there may be some folks at Harvester who would rather participate this way.
Basically, we'll have a get-together in late October or early November to pack boxes with items collected throughout the year. OCC has suggested items to collect each month based on what may be available depending on the season. Since we're getting started a month into 2020 already, we'll be collecting for both January and February at the same time. January's suggested items are hats/gloves/scarves; February is accessories (like necklaces, hairbands, watches, etc.).
There will be a red/green plastic bin underneath our bulletin board in the main hallway. When you're in our local stores, check the clearance areas for any of these items and please pick up one or two for our packing party. I'll try to let Harvester know through our Facebook page if there are any items that are being discounted, or if big discounts are available online. I'll post a chart with our progress on it so you can see how much we've collected and how far we have to go to meet our goal of 50 shoeboxes packed at our party.
Collecting throughout the year might be a good plan to follow for your individual boxes too -- it helps to spread the cost out over 9-10 months rather than just a couple of weeks in October/November with the holidays quickly closing in. One of our members has already asked me for empty boxes to help her do this in the hope she can pack a second box this year. And the discounts you can take advantage of throughout the year can save you a lot!
We're also going to start a "Pocket Change for Children" fundraiser to help purchase items that we may be short of by the time the packing party rolls around. Just drop your loose change in the OCC shoebox on the table beneath our bulletin board. Every penny counts and will help us toward our goal.
I'll keep you updated with our progress each month. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me or seek me out at the early service on Sunday mornings. Let's make 2020 our best OCC year yet!
OCC Project Leader
Harvester has partnered with the Pasco County School District's Students in Transition Team to help children who have been identified as at chronic risk of going hungry over the weekend.
We have committed to putting together (46) one gallon zip lock freezer bags of non perishable food items each week to provide for these children. This program is very much needed in our area. Our donations go to Pineview Middle School and Marlow Elementary.
Below is a list of food items needed. Please bring only items that do not require any preparation, heating or refrigeration and children can eat without any adult help.
Thank you for your support!