Provided by House of Mercy
The House of Mercy’s seventh annual “Campaign to End Hunger” meal-packing event for the first time does not have any remaining spaces. “It’s a miracle,” said House of Mercy director Ann Cimini. Beneficiaries of the food this year will be House of Mercy Food Pantry, Food for Others in Fairfax, and Ziguinchor, Senegal, Africa. This place has been called, literally, the poorest place on earth.
House of Mercy tried to get three pallets of rice onto a container bound for the Catholic Mission in Banica, Dominican Republic. Dr. Irwin of Medical Missionaries made arrangements for the container to be picked up just a few days before the event, in order to get much-needed aid to the area. Irwin graciously invited the three pallets to be sent to Ziguinchor instead.
“We really want to thank our generous sponsors, Traffic Systems and Technology (TS&T), Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Bristow, Peer Software, ABLE Moving, NOVEC, Sysco, The Manassas Mall and DeeJay J. This event would not have happened without their commitment to make our community a hunger-free place,” said Cimini.
This year’s campaign goal is for all 225 volunteers to pack at least 90,000 total meals, Cimini said. “We actually exceeded our food goal last year. We’re so blessed to provide this help to our community and beyond.”
Asked if there is any way people can still help with the Campaign to End Hunger, Cimini’s response was a quick “yes”. “Just navigate to our website at houseofmercyva.org and click on “donate”. You can give as little as $5 in order to help provide food, education and clothing to those we serve,” said Cimini.
The Campaign to End Hunger is the major fund raising activity each year for the House of Mercy. The $20 per person fee covers the cost of food ingredients for the meals, supplies and shipping, as well as contributing to House of Mercy support and education programs, Cimini said. “Eighty-five cents of each dollar House of Mercy receives goes back into our programs to support and serve the poor in our own community.” Cimini reminds each of the registered participants to bring a copy of the email she sent them on September 26, 2017. “It is imperative we have our packers identified by name and by the email I’m sending, to ensure there are not any mix ups,” said Cimini.
The next big event for the House of Mercy is “Christmas with Mercy”. Donations of toys and other gifts for the hundreds of children on the registers are due to HOM by November 30, 2017.
For more information about the House of Mercy, its Programs, or Campaign to End Hunger, email [email protected] or call 703-659-1636.