Community Meal

mealThe fourth annual Ogden Come Together Free Community Meal at the Marshall White Center will be on Oct. 25, 2014, which is National Make a Difference Day.

Last year was a huge success with 800 meals, 150 free haircuts, 400 bags of pet food and 2,400 pieces of clothing given away. There was live music and face painting and temporary tattoos for the children. CUCC may be small, but we help out in huge ways. While CUCC sponsors this event, there is no religious message given. It is truly an event that is meant for the community to come together to serve those in need without religion involved.

We already have received several bags full of clothing to be given away. If you want to help, please take a bag home, sort through the contents, discard things that look beyond repair and wash the rest. If anyone is cleaning out and holding yard sales, and you have “leftover” gently used clean coats, hats, gloves, blankets and baby clothing, please donate them.

If anyone has organizations that need a service project, we also need care kits. My goal is to have a total of 1,200 total, so any number of kits would be appreciated, even just a few. They add up! If you are interested in assembling some, please let me know and I will show you what they look like and what goes in them.

If anyone has a connection to Kimberly Clarke for donations, could you please let me know?

We also need:

  • Monetary donations. They can be made out to Congregational United Church of Christ with Community Meal in the memo line.
  • New or gently used coats, hats, gloves, linens, blankets and baby items – even shoes, if they are in good shape.
  • Completed care kits would be greatly appreciated, although individual hygiene items, socks, gloves, water bottles, snacks, etc., are welcome. We need these items by Oct. 5 so we have time to assemble individual items into completed kits.
  • Twenty cases of individual bags of chips (Fritos, Doritos and Cheetos) from Costco or Sam’s Club. 2
  • 1,200 plastic spoons and forks. These can be purchased at Costco, and you don’t have to buy all 1,200.
  • 1,200 dinner-size white napkins.
  • Dishrags.
  • Two boxes of heavy-duty, very large garbage bags.
  • Two jugs of dish soap.
  • Fall/Halloween decorations for 20 large cafeteria tables.
  • Coloring books.
  • Crayons or colored pencils.
  • One case of paper towels.
  • One case of toilet paper.

A binder will be passed during church services to give everyone an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the event or donate items. We will need many volunteers with food-handler’s permits.

This event has grown, and I cannot express the feelings that not only come from serving those in need, but from creating new friendships by working toward a common cause – plus it is a lot of fun!

— Kim Harbath 

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