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Feed My Starving Children event thanks community for support - Letter to the Editor

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:25 PM by John Ramthun   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 1:25 PM ]

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The words “thank you” simply do not do justice to how we, the committee of Sauk Prairie Community MobilePack, feel about the huge level of support we received in accomplishing our mission to pack meals with Feed My Starving Children. As you know, we packed almost 164,000 meals and met our goal to raise $33,000 to cover the cost of those meals — all accomplished in just six months of planning and fundraising. And we collected almost 1,300 pounds of food for the Sauk Prairie Food Pantry. Thank you!

Our supporters are too numerous to list, and many of whom the names we do not even know. We received support from individuals, businesses, schools, nonprofit groups, churches, families, community organizations. We were overwhelmed both with the intangible support in encouraging our team members and our mission as well as those who took the initiative to share the mission with others simply by talking about it, hanging up posters, publishing articles and distributing fliers.

In more tangible ways, we acknowledge and sincerely appreciate your donations of money, time and resources. For example, perhaps you visited one of our bake sales at the Farmers Market, helped us paint the Dohm house or patronized our food booth at the Polka Fest or at the Cow Chip Festival; or you dropped money in our buckets at the local parades or in cans around town, purchased lemonade at a stand or filled money tubes with quarters with your youth group or family; or you raised money for FMSC or collected canned goods for the local food pantry at your school or business, provided loaned items such as tables, a freezer, a tent, coolers, a grill, or one of the various other items we needed to hold our events; or perhaps you donated food ingredients or baked goods that we could sell for fundraising or that nourished our tireless volunteers. Maybe you were one of more than 700 volunteers who showed up at our packing event Oct. 25-27 at Grand Avenue Elementary School. Or maybe you helped us as we served brats, walking tacos, loaded baked potatoes, pie slices and baked goods, or by washing cars.

Without the monetary donations of all sizes, this could never have happened — you displayed your generosity and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This community showed what it can do when people come together, and we continue to be amazed. We know we can all do it again — that was evident in the evaluation forms completed by each volunteer at our event and in the funds that we continue to collect.

Many of you want not only to pack again for Feed My Starving Children, but also want to assist in the planning. Please consider coming to our 2013 Event Planning Rally to be held in the Community Room at the Ruth Culver Library in Prairie du Sac from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27. We are accepting donations to be applied to our next packing event, and those checks can be sent to 6:8 Sauk Prairie Community MobilePack at 485 Prairie St., Prairie du Sac, WI 53578. Thank you, Sauk Prairie!

Jackie Bascom,

on behalf of Sauk Prairie Community MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children