The House of Mercy has sold out of “volunteer” slots for their Campaign to End Hunger event.
The annual event is a time where members of the community come together to pack meals that will be sent to individuals in need. Volunteers pay for a slot to assist with meal packing, which helps raise the funds needed for supplies, according to a release.
“It’s a miracle… We actually exceeded our food goal last year. We’re so blessed to provide this help to our community and beyond,” stated House of Mercy Director Ann Cimini in a release.
The goal for the event was to secure 225 volunteers to pack 90,000 total meals.
This year the food will be distributed to the House of Mercy Food Pantry, Food for Others in Fairfax, and Ziguinchor, Senegal, Africa, according to a release.
“We really want to thank our generous sponsors; Traffic Systems and Technology (TS&T), Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Bristow, Peer Software, ABLE Moving, NOVEC, Sysco, The Manassas Mall and DeeJay J. This event would not have happened without their commitment to make our community a hunger-free place,” stated Cimini in a release.
While the organization does not need additional volunteers for the event, Cimini stated that donations are still needed and can be sent via www.houseofmercyva.org.
The next event House of Mercy is hosting is called “Christmas with Mercy” where toys will be collected to provide gifts to hundreds of children.
More on the Campaign to End Hunger, from a release:
The Campaign to End Hunger is the major fund raising activity each year for the House of Mercy. The $20 per person fee covers the cost of food ingredients for the meals, supplies and shipping, as well as contributing to House of Mercy support and education programs, Cimini said. “Eighty five cents of each dollar House of Mercy receives goes back into our programs to support and serve the poor in our own community.” Cimini reminds each of the registered participants to bring a copy of the email she sent them on September 26, 2017. “It is imperative we have our packers identified by name and by the email I’m sending, to ensure there are not any mix ups,” said Cimini.
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