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To the editor:
As we reflect
on the 36th Harvest of Talents for World Hunger events and
celebration, we are absolutely filled with thanksgiving for generous
hearts, creative minds, hardworking hands, and compassionate
volunteers. We are deeply humbled by the continued support for
hunger relief from our community, so ~ with deep gratitude on behalf
of hungry children around the world, we give you a HUGE HARVEST
Thank you for sharing a measure of your time, talents, prayers,
encouragement, and resources for the various Harvest projects and
events throughout this year and especially on ‘Harvest Day in
Lincoln’ (always the fourth Saturday of October) when doors were
opened to hundreds of friends, neighbors, and family who shared in
fellowship while many and varied talents were turned into 'rice and
beans’; non-perishable food items were also accepted for our local
food pantry. Every penny counts: this year’s Harvest offering was
$100,043.60 and was given to International Disaster Emergency
Service, 100% for hunger relief.
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Since Harvest of Talents began 36 years ago, there
are now seven sister Harvests in three states; our Lincoln area
alone has raised $2,440,496.66. Because of many variables, totals
from year-to-year cannot be compared, for each Harvest is a success
by any measure, having become a multi-generational legacy of hope!
This year, we saw the awareness of hunger issues increase among our
youth as well as their participation in hunger relief efforts. THANK
YOU Lincoln, Logan County, and central Illinois for being part of a
beautiful chain of Blessings ~ Together, we can share hope and be
found faithful to Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry, and you fed me.”
The 37th Harvest has now begun! Don’t grow weary of doing good ~
you’re so good at it, and we are blessed to be a Blessing! X O
Carolyn Neal, Chairperson
Harvest Ministry Team
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