Last week during our regular Fifth Sunday “Noisy Bucket” collection of loose change on behalf of the Athens County Food Pantry, our little ones collected so much that the handle broke off when we tried to move our (very heavy) bucket.
On every month with five Sundays, First UMC kids run around the Sanctuary on the fifth Sunday collecting as much loud (and quiet) currency as they can to support the First UMC Mission of the Year. This year, that mission is the Athens County Food Pantry, which is dedicated to providing supplemental and emergency food aid to eligible residents of Athens County who find themselves in need. The Athens County Food Pantry has been serving the citizens of Athens County for over 30 years, delivering aid in the form of direct food disbursements twice weekly at four different locations throughout the county.
Last Sunday our kids collected $664.54 in noisy and quiet money for the Food Pantry, which combined with additional donations from special offering envelopes to generate a total of $1,059.54! Special thanks to Debbie Edwards and Denise Davis for counting all of that noisy money!
As a member of the Southeast Ohio Regional Food Bank, the Athens County Food Pantry has the ability to purchase food at a tremendous savings, many items can be had for as little as $0.19 per pound. For example, a single dollar donated to the Pantry could conceivably purchase up to five boxes of cereal! And every $15 donated can feed a family of four for three days.
Thanks to everyone who contributed! And let’s try to set a trend of breaking the bucket every time we make a noisy bucket offering!