Vacation Meals Drive at Twin Lakes Church Raises Report 1.8 Million Meals
In six weeks, Twin Lakes Church in Aptos has raised a file quantity within the Second Harvest Meals Financial institution vacation meals drive, surpassing all expectations in a 12 months with a pandemic and devastating wildfires.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, Pastor Rene Schlaepfer introduced to the congregation they raised $428,949.09 for the meals drive. For the reason that meals financial institution should purchase 4 meals with each greenback, which means 1,715,796 meals.
“We all the time hope to kick off Second Harvest’s vacation meals and fund drive with a splash, however I by no means anticipated to herald this a lot,” Schlaepfer mentioned.
That is the biggest vacation meals donation Second Harvest has ever acquired. The earlier file was in 2017, when Plantronics (now Poly) raised $319,000.
After Schlaepfer made the announcement, Willy Elliot McCrea, government director of Second Harvest Meals Financial institution, who was watching remotely, mentioned he was “speechless … completely floored.”
Then he mentioned, “That’s going to make such a big impact for therefore many households. For the reason that COVID disaster started, after which the fires created extra want, meals distributions in Santa Cruz County have doubled.”
This 12 months’s vacation meals drive purpose is 4.5 million meals; all funds raised in the course of the drive present meals to distribute at 165 accomplice places, principally nonprofits and church buildings.
The congregation’s participation was enthusiastic and heartfelt, mentioned Schlaepfer, who shared a handwritten notice from one member: “Pricey Twin Lakes Church, Over the months of our church being closed, we’ve been so grateful to hitch TLC on-line. My kids wished to contribute their allowance to the meals drive. I hope and pray you may attain our purpose of 1 million meals! In Christ, Michelle Leavitt.” The envelope contained $100 in money.
Donors have been apparently undaunted by the pandemic, which has resulted in lots of church actions to be held just about, or by different disruptions together with the devastating current wildfires.
“I hope the congregation by no means forgets this second, that within the midst of those exceptionally troubled occasions, distinctive generosity and love are nonetheless potential,” mentioned Schlaepfer. “Hope remains to be potential. We’re all on this collectively. All will not be misplaced.”
Twin Lakes Church started collaborating within the Vacation Meals Drive in 2006. Whole donations have been $947.70.
Schlaepfer recounted how the vacation meals drive took off at Twin Lakes after that:
“The subsequent 12 months, we have been learning the love of God, and I turned satisfied that our church wanted to indicate that we actually do love our neighbors. So I challenged the church to extend our meals drive participation, and I feel we went to about $12,500, or 50,000 meals. We have been so excited. Then somebody in a church hallway challenged me after the service and mentioned, ‘I don’t suppose God desires us to accept that. We must always attempt for a million meals!’ And we did. We didn’t obtain that purpose straight away, however we have now for a couple of years now.”
He added, “This 12 months, understanding what number of households within the church are hurting, I actually hesitated to make 1,000,000 meals our purpose. I did considerably reluctantly, with the disclaimer that I knew many individuals couldn’t contribute. I by no means, ever anticipated to lift this quantity. I all the time hope our total Santa Cruz County group sees the love of God displaying via the church in sensible methods. I feel this helps.”
To take part within the vacation meals drive, go to www.thefoodbank.org/holiday-food-fund-drive/
Editor’s Observe: Valerie Webb at Twin Lakes Church studies extra donations have are available since Pastor Rene made his announcement Sunday, and the brand new complete raised is $469,275.72, which can present 1,877,102 meals.