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November 8, 2013

Local church, volunteers feed starving children

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“The Lord’s been real good to provide the money needed,” Pastor Dave said. The church will have packaged more than 6 million meals for the organization in the four years. They will also help local food pantries this month, too.

“We’re not just feeding kids in Haiti (where most of these meals will go) there are kids in Goshen and the area hungry too—we can do both,” he said.

The mobile food packaging site is a well-oiled machine with labelers, box makers, food weighers, food fillers, bag sealers, box sealers, runners to run tubs of food or filled boxes to other stations, pallet tapers and semi-loaders.

Loud music motivates the workers as well as challenges such as, ‘Who can fill four boxes in 15 minutes?” shouted out to the crowd.

Before and after photos of the children line the walls to also serve as visual reminders of why they are all there.

Most volunteers, no matter their age know they are a part of something big and something special and were thrilled to be there “saving lives for little kids” as Danny Kline of Triton Elementary said.

Ten-year old Ashley Kaufman from Triton Elementary just got out of the hospital this week and she said she told her doctor no matter what, she was going to be there.

Kaufman’s genetic dwarfism causes her to have a small immune system.

“So I know how it feels,” she said. “To have a compromised immune system. When I get sick I’m sick for a long time—it’s hard to fight it off.”

This was her first time at the event.

“I love it! I love helping the poor kids who can’t get enough food and I love doing something that makes a difference,” Kauffman said.

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