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by Bob Gaetjens | Reporter
Aurora -- It takes lots of help to pack 147,000 meals in a single day, but Christ Community Chapel-Aurora campus' Nicole Coy, the event coordinator for this year's Feed My Starving Children program, believes the church is up to the task.
To get the job done, the Chapel needs to find 800 volunteers who are willing to help pack meals for two hours apiece Aug. 27. Packing runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church at 252 N. Chillicothe Road.
"We definitely have spots still available," she said Aug. 18. "We are a little over halfway there. We still need a little under 400 people to come out and help."
Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit organization, which devotes 90 cents of every dollar donated directly to feed children.
The organization "tackles world hunger by sending volunteer packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries, where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty," according to a recent release from the organization.
The meals themselves include a dehydrated protein, a rice or grain, and a dehydrated vegetable, she explained.
"Once they reach their destination, [the recipients] mix the food with water and cook it," said Coy.
About 30 days after packing the meals, she said the church will learn where the food is delivered.
Coy said she believes more volunteers will come forward after a few days of school, which started Aug. 17.
"We're working with social media as well," she said. "We have a social media staff member who's been getting word out. Slowly but surely, they're rolling in."
BEING ABLE TO draw from Christ Community Chapel's other locations helps, too, she said. The Chapel also has locations in Hudson, Stow and Highland Square in Akron.
Two years ago, Christ Community Chapel of Hudson took on the Feed My Starving Children project.
"We have opened it up to all four campuses, very similarly to what the Hudson church did two years ago," said Coy.
Between outreach to local media, contacting Aurora teams and clubs and Feed My Starving Children's contacts in the area, Coy said she's optimistic about finding enough volunteers. More volunteers are needed later in the day, she added.
"We're still far enough out from the event," she said. "I'm not worried about volunteers. I think people will show up. Some will show up without registering."
Volunteer registration closes Aug. 25.
The reason Christ Community Chapel-Aurora decided to tackle the volunteer effort grew out of vacation Bible school, she said.
VBS raised about $3,000, and church leaders decided to do a local mission, she explained. The Aurora and Hudson congregations supplemented the VBS donation to cover the cost of the meals, with total contributions at $20,000.
"It gave us the opportunity to make it really tangible not only for the kids, but also for their parents and friends," she said.
On Aug. 25, a semi trailer will arrive at the Aurora church with all the food on pallets, said Coy. The containers are 5 feet by 7 feet in size.
For more information or to volunteer, call Coy at 330-562-3438.
Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4188
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