Local church holds Stop Hunger Now event in Tustin

May 3, 2016 by  

On April 15 and16, 1,500 volunteers working two-hour shifts packed 285,000 meals, all to help provide food to children in the Philippines.

In the fall of 2015, Caroline Elias, the Children’s Ministry Director at the Trinity Church in Tustin, made a commitment to the non-profit Stop Hunger Now. However, before the volunteers could begin packing food, a lot of groundwork had to be done. A 19-year-old college sophomore, Bailey Sparks, was hired to coordinate the fundraising efforts and line up volunteers for the two-day event.

Working with departments in the church as well as a few local merchants, Sparks set her sights on raising the estimated $83,000 that would be needed. Among the eclectic fundraising efforts were coin drives, yard sales and lemonade stands as well as $2,900 raised by the Loma Vista Elementary.

A poster printing service can be instrumental in getting the word out to the numerous charitable and civic organizations to engage their help. Unfortunately, despite their valiant efforts, the church fell short of its goal by $25,000; however, an anonymous donor added $15,000 to the pot.

On April 22 the group was still $2,000 short; however according to a church’s spokesperson the deficit will not hinder the delivery of the food to Stop Hunger Now. The organization, which was founded in 1998, has provided more than 225 million meals to the needy in 73 countries.