Written by Gina Brooks. Media added by Sean McFarland.
Every year, all of the churches in Greenville, team up to put on a wonderful event: the Great Day of Service. This annual event is arranged by the Ministry Alliance, of which every pastor in Greenville is a part. Each Great Day of Service, the mission is something a bit different, from picking up trash to renovating a house, but the overarching goal is to draw the community together for a common goal. This year, the Ministry Alliance chose to work with an organization called Food for Orphans. This phenomenal non-profit acquires volunteers to host events at which they help package nutritious meals for orphans all over the globe. Each box holds many bags of food that are cooked and dispersed in soup form to orphans around the world. Each bag of food houses required measurements of protein, vegetables, and other nutritious materials. Our meals are all going to be shipped to Africa, where it will be determined where they are most needed.
This food cannot be packaged without the help of many events and volunteers; this is precisely why our community decided to help. The food packing event in Greenville was held at the First Christian Church. There were two shifts: one from 9-11 am and the other from 12-2 pm. Teams from different churches were assigned to tables. Each group member had a specific role and carefully measured out their type of food into the bag. Children and adults alike participated at each table. Once a team had finished loading an entire box, they gave a shout and the runners came to pick it up, tape it, and put it in the truck. College students served as the team of runners who prepared the boxes to be loaded. The goal the Ministry Alliance originally set was to pack 60,000 meals for orphans. This goal was accomplished and then some; according to the Food for Orphans twitter account, we packaged 62,000 meals! Overall, this event was a great success and served its purpose of uniting the community. Be on the lookout for the Great Day of Service next year!
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