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Children’s charity needs volunteers

February 3, 2017

Nonprofit Feed My Starving Children will partner with Lord of Life Lutheran Church in March to seek donations and enlist the help of up to 500 volunteers to pack up to 100,000 meals.

Community members are invited to support the effort by making a donation to cover meal costs or by volunteering to package food at the event.

Daytime food-packing shifts are available Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd.

“FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience,” said event co-chair Cathy Melville. “You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags, which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.”

At each of the six two-hour packing shifts, up to 20 volunteers will work at one of four packing stations, for a total of 80 volunteers per shift. Each shift begins with a brief video to show volunteers how to assemble the packages.

Those filling packages must be able to stand for at least one hour. Those with limitations may still volunteer, as there will also be a seated labeling station. The minimum age for volunteers is 5; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today,” Ms. Melville said.

Event organizers hope to pack 100,000 meals at the March event.

Feed My Starving Children sends the volunteer-packed, nutritious meals destinations in 70 countries, such as orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs.

Volunteers must pre-register and select their shift online. Monetary donations can be made online as well.

Visit give.fmsc.org/WestValley.