Thank you to everyone who served at the Numana Meal Packing Event hosted at James McDivitt Elementary School on June 3. And thank you for signing up to receive email updates from the Haitian Children’s Ministry.
The event was a great success. Our final total was 83,160 meals packaged for the children in Haiti. We could not have done it without you. We are grateful that you chose to serve on a Saturday when you could have been doing many other things.
The meals are currently in Kansas with Numana awaiting shipment to Haiti. It takes 270,000 meals to fill a single shipping container. Once they have enough meals to fill a container, they will be put on a boat to Haiti. We are hoping the meals will arrive this summer. And we will make sure to let you know when they do.
I don’t know how much you know about the story behind this event. I would like to tell you how this event came to be. In March, I traveled to Haiti with three other members of our Haitian Children’s Ministry Board. We have been working in Haiti since our church (Good Shepherd Lutheran) led a mission trip in January 2015 to Haiti.
In the most recent trip, we visited with Mission of Hope Haiti who feeds 90,000 children every day. Unfortunately, 70,000 children are still on their waiting list. But the meals that we packed will be able to take some of these 70,000 children off the waiting list. Know that you helped to bring hope!
While we were in Haiti, we visited the warehouse where all the meals are kept. It was great to see these meals from the other end of the spectrum, at their destination. Years ago, I had participated in an event similar to the Numana event. I knew that most of these meals had been prepared by volunteers at meal packing events across the country. It was my hope that we could bring such an event to Old Bridge.
After talking with Mission of Hope, we learned that one of their providers was an organization called Numana. We could host a meal packing event with Numana for $6000 that would enable us to package 20,000 meals. We were in agreement that we could make that possible. We had about 2 1/2 months to make it happen.
So we began the fundraising, and within two weeks we had raised the $6000. We had two months left at that point in time, so we quadrupled the goal to raise $24,000 to be able to package 80,000 meals. On the day of our fundraising deadline, we surpassed the goal!
Another challenge we faced was finding a place to package the meals. Our church building was too small to host the event. Mrs. Colletti, at James McDivitt school, was kind enough to offer the use of the facilities. And even better, she recruited many of the students and parents at the school to help out at the event.
The final challenge was finding enough volunteers to package all of these meals. We weren't sure where they would all come from. But you showed up. Thank you!
We also want to say a big thank you to our corporate sponsors:
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
- Adler Development
- Hillcrest Paving and Excavating, Inc.
- Casey & Keller, Inc.
- Green Brook PBA Local #398
- BNE Real Estate
- Brian Conway Design
We are planning this event again for next year. Our hope is to host it on Saturday, June 2, 2018. We did more than 80,000 meals this year, and with more time to plan, it would be great to double that number. Imagine if we packaged 160,000 meals.
By being part of this mailing list, we will keep you updated on the plans and how you can be involved. We also have two other endeavors for the coming year. Late this summer and into the fall we will be raising funds to purchase curriculum for schoolchildren in Haiti to learn. And in March 2018, we will lead a mission trip to Haiti. The exciting thing about this trip is we will get to visit the kids we helped through the meal packing and the purchase of school curriculum.
Thank you for your support of this ministry. If you would like to financially sponsor our efforts, make sure to check out our donation page. All donations are tax-deductible. Also, make sure to check us out on Facebook. We value you as a partner in ministry!
Pastor Phil Ressler
The Haitian Children’s Ministry