Feed My Starving Children drive returns

When you are hungry, what do you do? Open the fridge? Open a cupboard? Stop in at a gas station, grocery store, or fast food outlet?

Not everyone has food on hand as easily as we do.

I have seen little children comb the dirty ground for individual grains of rice to eat after the distribution of bowls of beans and rice at a Sunday school program in Haiti. The meager bowl of food was most likely the only meal these children would have all week; yet, it wasn’t enough. The children searched for and retrieved additional bits of food from the ground before heading home to their small hut (if they were lucky), or the yard in which they were allowed to dwell if they were not so lucky as to have a family hut to call home.

There are ways we can help hungry children.

The Tomah community will host a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Pack on July 12-13, 2019. This is the fifth time FMSC has come to Tomah.

A few facts about Feed My Starving Children from its website, www.fmsc.org

  • Each meal costs less than 25 cents.
  • Meal formulas are specifically designed to assist in preventing and reversing undernutrition by providing essential nutrients a child needs to gain strength and health.
  • $80 feeds one child for an entire year.
  • More than 90 percent of every dollar donated goes directly toward feeding kids.
  • More than 99 percent of FMSC meals have safely reached their intended destination.
  • FMSC consistently receives the highest awards for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator.

The success of hosting the Mobile Food Pack depends on two things: donations before the event and volunteers during the event. During the two days of the pack, about 500 volunteers will be needed (100 for each two-hour shift). Volunteers can sign up on-line about six weeks prior to the July pack.

A series of fund-raisers will occur in the months leading to the July event. Outright donations are welcome! If you’d like to donate now, please make all checks payable to: “Feed My Starving Children” and ensure all donations are marked with Tomah Area MobilePack event #1907-085AU in the memo space. Checks can be mailed to: Tammy Hewuse, 21344 Inshore Ave., Tomah, WI 54660.

More will come about this event. Please mark the dates on your calendars and consider getting involved as you see fit. I guarantee that the packing event is extremely well organized, that you will have fun and that you will leave feeling a warmth in your heart that will stay with you a very long time!

And remember those kids in Haiti? We saw the same children attend the Sunday school program for a seven year period (2008-2015). During those years, every Sunday, each child went home with a “manna pack,” an equivalent to a Feed My Starving Children meal pack. The results were remarkable in the children. Over the years, the better nutrition was evident in individual kids we saw each year. Good nutrition does make a powerful difference in lives!

Laura Bishop,

Tomah

Lighting Gillett Park for the holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and contributors for the help in Lighting up Gillett Park for the holidays the past few years. We are a small group of residents that do this strictly on a volunteer basis and rely solely on our own resources or any contributions made to our effort. Our goal is to accentuate the features in the park with beautiful holiday decorations and lighting and maintain them for years to come.

If you would like to help our cause, monetary donations are greatly appreciated to our fund at Partnership Bank in Tomah. Checks may be made out to “Light up Gillett Park.” Thanks.

Mike Prissel,

Tomah

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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