Holmdel Community UCC, Holmdel, N.J. is Mission:1

Holmdel Community UCC, Holmdel, N.J. is Mission:1

The church raised a total of 2,045 items of healthy food, $1,881 in offerings for
Mission :1, and sent 13 letters to congress.  The children brought food down to the front of the church during the children's message on Nov. 6, and adults added food during the offering, creating a large tower of donated food.

Also contributing -- Sue Field, who does 'extreme couponing', turned store coupons into amazing deals that are then used to buy food for local food pantries and soup kitchens.  She trained a number of people in the church with two prior after-church workshops. Her team then went out to shop, and gathered food.  Doug Brown, an 'in-care' candidate for ordination, organized a supermarket drive with volunteers outside of two supermarkets on two different days asking for donations.  These were added to the pile. Finally, volunteers who regularly assist at the 'Calico Cat Food Pantry' in Middletown, NJ, and the 'St. Marks Soup Kitchen' in Keansburg, NJ formed a crew to pack up trucks and vans and deliver the food.   A very uplifting day!

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