Wee Care Bags are well under way! 2022 marks the 14th year of this project. Our goal this year as in some years past will be to make 150 bags that will be distributed to the 7 closest elementary schools to us: Glenvar, Fort Lewis, Masons Cove, G. W. Carver, East Salem, West Salem, and South Salem. The school principals and guidance counselors are told the number of bags that we will be bringing, and they work together to identify the families who may need this help the most to keep their kids from going hungry while on Spring Break. When we started in 2008, our projected cost for each bag was $15 and it has increased since then, lol! This year's projected cost is $4,500 or $30 per bag. In previous years, TJMaxx and Robertson Marketing, along with JoAnn Mitchum had graciously donated the bags we used. Last year was the first time we had to purchase bags, taking money away from the business of FOOD!
When I see an item we need on special, I GRAB IT! So far this year, we have purchased 450 cans of soup, 396 cans of Chef Boyardee Pasta, 150 cans of Hormel Chili Beans, 150 bags of Microwave Popcorn, 180 Rice Krispie Treats, 147 Granola Bars & 84 bags of chocolate chip cookies. By getting these items on special, we are able to get Brand Name products at a cost similar to store brand items. We have also placed an order with Robertson Marketing to get large red tote bags with the church information printed on them, making it possible to deliver the food and also let people know that the congregation of Fort Lewis Christian Church CARES ABOUT THEM!
Hoping that we will be able to raise enough funds to fill these bags! Please mark any donation "WCB" or Wee Care Bags. Deadline for donations is Sunday, March 13. We have a team assembled that has already been at it picking up and unloading this food, but will also need folks to organize and set up food in the Disciple Hall, as well as to deliver bags to schools. Our youth have agreed to pack the bags.
Volunteer Needs & Dates are:
Please be in prayer for this mission!
Cindy Jones, Outreach Chair & Wee Care Bag organizer