Dear Friend of Orphan Grain Train Mid-Atlantic,
Most of you are used to opening up your News Flash on the 1st of the month. So here’s a surprise – the News Flash a few days early!
OGT & KAH Meal Packing Event – Just in case you didn’t get a chance to read the September newsletter there’s a first-ever Kids Against Hunger (KAH) event happening at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Malvern, PA, this coming Saturday, October 1st, starting at 9am. (It wouldn’t do much good to remind you about it on the day, hence the early ‘Flash.) We’ve teamed up with them to fill 10,000 meal bags with rice, soy, vitamins, minerals, and tasty flavorings and we need your help! No prior experience is required and all ages can do this. OGT provides the locale and the materials and KAH provides the expertise and the training. Lunch will be served! We hope to have more packing events so needed meals can be shipped along with clothing, shoes and medical equipment. Come and see how it’s done.
BOSCOV Shopping Pass – Speaking of “first-evers,” volunteers at the warehouse are having fun with fundraising thanks to board member Sandy OHedy. She caught on to the 20thAnniversary of the Friends Helping Friends benefit event at Boscov’s and registered us as a participating charitable organization. So now we have a stack of discount shopping passes and they work like this: for a mere $5.00 the purchaser can shop Tuesday, October 18th at any Boscov store location for 25% off (some exclusions apply) and OGT MAB retains the money as a donation. Even better, there will be refreshments and prizes. Want to buy a shopping pass? Contact any board member or email me and I’ll make sure you get one.
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow – I’m taking my cue from Sandy once again and borrowing this line from the doxology because it so perfectly describes the gifts we’ve received at the warehouse in the last month:
• Sandy used this exact phrase when she emailed our board the happy news that the Chesapeake District LWML approved our $5,000 grant for Food for Haiti. We have been blessed with more funding!
• Basically, it’s raining apple boxes. Thanks to diligent volunteers, amenable grocery stores, and a change of seasonal fruit, we have been blessed with a virtual outpouring of boxes for packing. We pray it continues!
• Two very special donations have occurred within days of each other. The first was 31 boxes worth of new men’s and women’s shirts from the Delaware Park, a gift orchestrated by employee Mike Hewlett, son of volunteer Ruth Hewlett. Due to a change in uniform color the obsolete shirts were donated still in their original bags on original hangers. What a blessing!
• The second donation came in through volunteer Caroline Goetz. Her high school friend, a resident of the Kendal-Crosslands retirement community in Kennett Square, PA, alerted Caroline to a large amount of available clothing. Twenty-one large bags of clothing were delivered to the warehouse via volunteer Jack Royer’s truck. We believe it will be the first of more Kendal deliveries to come. Praise God indeed!
Looking Ahead – Everything is in place to prepare for our next shipment, wherever God is planning it to go. Materials and boxes are abundant, volunteer numbers are growing and a second table is in the works that will double the space we have for sorting… and for workers!
One last consideration, in October we celebrate the Reformation and remember that all our fruitful labors at Orphan Grain Train do not gain us heaven; rather, they reflect our faith in the Savior’s love for us. Distilled from Luther’s efforts were the Five Solas, the basis of our doctrine — Word alone, Faith alone, Grace alone, and Christ alone. The fifth sola is a favorite of Branch Manager, Cliff Kraft, and appears on all our newsletters, documents and correspondence – To God alone be the Glory. Amen!
I hope to see you at Christ Memorial this Saturday; if not, see you at the warehouse!