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The annual community event got off to a slow start this year, but momentum picked up as the packaging event on Sunday, Nov. 24 progressed.
Having only raised $3300 this year to purchase food stuffs for the meal packages, the event was over half the size of the 2012 event, and took half as long to finish. Over 75 people of all ages filled half of the gym at the King George Family YMCA as the small plastic bags were filled, weighed, sealed and boxed.
Almost 13,000 meals were packaged and sealed up in cartons for shipment to the warehouse in Richmond. The meals will head out where needed overseas and in the U.S.
Plans are underway for the 2014 event, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23. Held the Sunday before Thanksgiving Thursday, Stop Hunger Now gives a sense of purpose to getting more meals packaged. The goal for the 2014 event is $10,000, over three times the amount collected this year. With corporate sponsorships, diligent saving of loose change and the raid of the sofa cushions, King George county volunteers will be able to meet the goal.
IF you are interested in donating your time and/or money, please contact Lori at (540)-709-7495. All dollar amounts are welcome. Just 25¢ pays for one meal; $1.50 will feed six.
photo by Jack Deem