Some of our members are involved with the Sunbury Community Kitchen and we saw the opportunity to get Mini Vinnies involved by contributing towards Monday night meals, by having a vegetable patch in our school.
With the generous donation of $500 from the Rotary Club of Sunbury, we have been able to make our idea a reality. Mini Vinnies Conference members enthusiastically weeded and turned the soil over to make a healthy environment for our vegetables to grow in. We purchased the seedlings, vitamins, soil and mulch and regularly watered our garden. We have now harvested spring onions and different types of lettuce and they were used at the kitchen. The excess vegetables will be sold and the money raised will be used towards next years crops.
Another project we have been very proud to be involved in, is Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Samaritan’s
Purse. It gives children who live in poverty a chance to receive a Christmas Present for possibly the first time.
We organized the delivery boxes and asked each grade in our school to fill the shoe boxes with small toys or stationary. We had two boxes for each grade – one for boys and one for girls. Each grade could also choose what age group they wanted to give their donations to – 2 – 4 year olds, 5 – 9 year olds or 10-14 year olds. Our school students were excited to be able to donate to this cause. Once they were filled, a volunteer from Samaritan’s Purse collected the boxes and the Rotary Club donation paid for the postage, to get the boxes to Cambodia. The boxes are on a freighter right now and are due to arrive in Cambodia on December 12th.
(more info here on Operation Christmas Child Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes)
By Erinn, Mackenzie & Rick, on behalf of OLMC Mini Vinnies