Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Egg-stra Great Volunteers

This is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and I just have to give a shout out to all the Egg-stra great volunteers that attend our packing party work days.

Today was our third work day for 2018 and we were blessed with 40+ volunteers again who came to work to get gospel opportunities to children around the world.  A few drove nearly an hour to get here!

The egg-filling saga continues as we stuffed these pre-sorted yellow, purple, and pink eggs with cute rings for girls.  We had 4,896 of these completed going into today's work day and I think we now have nearly 10,000 of them finished.

Meanwhile, our stalwart 7th and 8th grade students from Bethel Christian School worked on helping to un-bag and sort the 675 bags of plastic toys for boys.  10,800 of those are whistles and tops that are small enough to fill the plastic eggs for boys that we'll work on when the ones for girls are completed.   The other 21,600 small frisbees, maze games, plastic planes, and whirly toys will be used as general boys' fillers.  They didn't get all 675 bags sorted today but they got close.

And, of course, the jump rope making continues.  I think these steady volunteers completed over 5,000 more ropes today.  We only need to assemble about 12,000 more, according to my best calculations.

A small team of accurate paper counters and folders got 900 packets of paper folded and carefully stuffed into bags that will be filled later with pencils, pens, crayons, and a toothbrush. I'm not sure how many of those we still need to finish, but it's LOTS.

I'm praising God for these faithful volunteers without whom we couldn't complete all this pre-assembly work.  I felt especially blessed by the team of men (yes, we have MEN working with us now) who hauled all those boxes back into the storage container.

If you missed us today, don't worry.  We'll be back every 3rd Wednesday of the month until our packing party on September 14 & 15.  We're saving a place for you at the table.