One minute, the parish hall was overflowing with kids and families, boxes on dollies, bags of rice, tables of beans, loud music playing and a gong gonging - a sea of enthusiastic hairnets. By 1:00 Sunday afternoon, February 25, more than 22,000 meals had been packed by around 225 St. John’s volunteers, loaded onto a truck with “Rise Against Hunger” in big letters on its side, headed eventually for the Dominican Republic. This was St. John’s second Rise Against Hunger meal pack.
Parker Pearson: “I love getting involved with [Rise Against Hunger] events. I’ve done them in the past at technology conferences - they are a great way to get to know people and contribute in a meaningful way to truly help someone who might really need that meal. Love that St John’s now offers these events!”
“This was our first [RAH] pack,” says Michelle Scarfe, who was there with her husband Greg Robinson and their son Henry. “I loved how all ages were able to come together to work on this project. It was fun and fast-paced. The time flew by - I was surprised how quickly the project was completed.”
A WDBJ7 producer was on hand (you can find a link to the Sunday night feature here) and interviewed rector Eric Long. “This is why we’re here. We’re here to be a place of grace in the world, and offering food to the world - both spiritual food and literal meals like we’re doing right now.”