Big goals require plenty of help.
Deb Weitala is confident that help will be at the Corn Palace on May 7 to package the millionth meal for Impact Lives, but she’d feel a lot more comfortable if folks would sign up early — and soon.
Mitchell proved that a large-scale food-packaging effort was possible when Impact Lives came to the city in April 2009.
About 1,200 volunteers proved it again Saturday at the Corn Palace, packaging the ingredients for 330,000 meals between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Planning for the event took months, said organizer Deb Weitala, a ministry assistant at Northridge Baptist Church in Mitchell. Weitala said volunteers worked hard and met packaging goals. Cash donations, however, fell short.
Last year, Shay Davis experienced a miracle.
Davis, of Mitchell, delivered hand-made meal packets to starving families in the Dominican Republic and Haitian refugee camps in October. He, along with 1,250 other volunteers, packed the meals at an Impact Lives event in Mitchell six months prior to the delivery.
Organizers are asking for help with the upcoming Impact Lives food-packing event in Mitchell.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 8 at the Corn Palace. The goal is to pack 1,527 boxes. Each box will contain 36 bags, and each bag will contain six meals. If the goal is reached, the effort will produce about 330,000 meals for needy people somewhere in the world.
Area residents recently had the rare chance to see how small sacrifices can pay huge dividends in the lives of those less fortunate.
From Oct. 4-13, Deb Weitala, a ministry associate at Mitchell’s Northridge Baptist Church, and others accompanied Impact Lives — a Minneapolis-based food relief organization — to the Dominican Republic to finish a job that began last spring.
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