Week of Caring made a true difference for many

To the editor:

The third annual Week of Caring completed on Aug. 3 and we are pleased to share that a successful week of local church mission was able to help 16 different residents of the county along with two service organizations. Overall, there were 28 jobs posted on the WOC board. Although volunteerism was reduced this year due to uncertain weather, those who stepped forward were able to offer blessings even as they were blessed.

Over a dozen churches in Mifflin County of varying denominations and independent status gathered together to offer cleanup and assistance to folks in Reedsville, Yeagertown, Lewistown, Milroy and Burnham. Some members of the Mifflin County High School Key Club joined in on the work as well.

During the course of the week there were 51 volunteers registered to work and a total of 71 volunteers invested their time and energy into the project. Along with the workers out in public, there were over 20 volunteers from four different churches who worked the kitchen at Grace United Methodist Church to offer meals to the workers. In addition to these willing workers, there were a half dozen or more cookie bakers who delivered home-baked cookies to all the residents who sought help.

Special thanks to Lori Henry of Thrivent Financial. With her guidance, two generous donors offered funding that covered special deliveries of supplies to the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lewistown and The Shelter Services of Lewistown.

In total, there were over 231 volunteer hours offered in mission to the Week of Caring. To begin to thank everyone involved would take more space than this newspaper would allow. Thanks to everyone and anyone who participated in the Week of Caring project.

Randy S. Hughes

First United Methodist Church, Lewistown

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