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Fort Dodge meal packing event was big success

To the editor:

The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it once again!

On Dec. 7, 2019, almost 500 volunteers came together at Community Christian School for Fort Dodge MobilePack to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest children in the world. In just one day, the volunteers packed 108,864 meals to feed 298 kids for an entire year. The meals packed in Fort Dodge are on their way to feed hungry children in Haiti.

The MobilePack also helped meet needs in our own community. Not only was enough money raised to send the meals overseas, but nearly $3,000 is staying here in Fort Dodge and being distributed to three local organizations that help offset food insecurity. We are delighted to give over $920 each to the Beacon of Hope Men’s Shelter, the Lord’s Cupboard, and the Salvation Army.

This was the fifth year for Fort Dodge MobilePack and it has truly become a multi-generational effort in our community, including families, school groups and student representation from all our schools, public and private. We are especially grateful to the local churches that gave significant support including CrossWay, St. Olaf Lutheran, Trinity UMC, New Covenant, First Covenant, Badger Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, Grace Lutheran, Northfield, Prairie Lakes, Blairsburg Missionary Alliance, and others. We are also grateful to local businesses like CID, Coldwell Banker, and Bowser&Richman for their support. Even members of the Faith Studies Group at the correctional facility participated by giving a contribution.

Way to go, Fort Dodge! It is a testimony to the heart of our community to rise up and help others in need.

For Fort Dodge MobilePack,

Scott Hatton

David and Mary Bowser

Brad Butler

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