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Santa Clarita United Methodist Church organizes meal packing event as part of the national Change fo

Posted: April 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

United Methodist Church organized a food packing event last year as part of a national Change of the World. The event was so successful, the church decided to do it again this year.

Like many churches across the Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia United Methodist wanted to complete a service project which would not only help others, but help change the world for the better in some way.

With that in mind, the church organized a food packing event last year as a part of the national Change the World Weekend within the United Methodist Church. The event was so successful, the church decided to do it again this year.

This year’s event begins Sunday at 9 a.m. Valencia United Methodist to benefit Stop Hunger Now.

“We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world,” said Nancy Taylor, event coordinator. “This gives us a chance to not just attend church, but also an opportunity to be of service.”

Last year, several service projects were tackled by the church. Among those projects, volunteers helped pack food and gather clothing for the homeless. This year, the church decided to focus it’s efforts on only one event.

“We decided to do just one project and hopefully make a greater impact,” said Michelle Andrews, who helped coordinate the event last year. “Service is one of our core values, it’s who we are as a church and Christians. We are called to serve other people in whatever way we can with whatever gifts we have.”

Change the World weekend was started five years ago by the national United Methodist Church as a program to challenge Christians to “step outside the church walls” and help others around world.

Volunteers from the church and around the community plan to do exactly that Sunday. They will don special hairnets and begin the task of packaging 10,000 meals or more.

Assembly lines of people will sort rice, dehydrated vegetables and spices to be transformed into a six serving meal for a family. The meals will be sent to people in need in other countries, including Africa, South America and other areas of need.

Most volunteers who helped last year plan to help again this year, saying the event changed their lives for the better.

“The event really gave us all a great sense of team work and community,” said volunteer David Schutz. “It’s also important because it gives people hope. You have such a large impact on people you may never meet. They will have a meal because of something you did.”

The meals will be distributed by Stop Hunger Now, an international group started 15 years ago with a goal to feed the hungry. The program offers nutritious meals and lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

People who want to volunteer but are not a part of the church are welcome to join the packing event beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Volunteers say the event not only helps others, but is also a fun way to socialize and feel a greater sense of community. Last year, teams cheered each time a gong was sounded, signaling 1,000 meals had been packaged.

“Being a part of church isn’t just going to learn at church,” said Andrews. “God has given us so much in so many different ways, our response is to do whatever we can to make a difference in someone else’s life.”

To participate or for more information contact the church at (661) 255-1301 or arrive Sunday at 25718 McBean Pkwy.



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