To the Editor:
The 44th annual World Hunger Sale on April 13-14 was a success!
More than $14,000 was raised to benefit mainly local organizations, including Good Samaritan Ministries, the Women’s Center, and several local food pantries, as well as some national/international organizations. The event was sponsored by Carbondale Church Women United and graciously hosted for the fifth time by Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
As usual, hundreds of volunteers worked to make this sale happen, representing 18 faith communities, community organizations, businesses and SIU. Carbondale Lions Club helped set up the event and picked up donated items. After the sale, The Thrift Shop was well-prepared to accept unsold items for further sales benefiting community programs. Vogler Ford accepted boxes of unsold shoes for their “Soles for Souls” project.
Local businesses and individuals contributed generously to the event. Food and/or dinnerware for volunteers and customers were donated by Arnold's Market, Huck’s, Italian Village, Kroger, McDonald’s on 51 South, Neighborhood Co-op, Panera, Quatro’s, Schnucks, and Walmart. Auction items were donated by Brad the Furniture King and Longshadow Gardens. Businesses including Carbondale Self-Storage, Southern Recycling and Diamond Designs donated their services and/or facilities. Cash contributions to help cover costs of the event came from local church members and the wider community.
The sale was advertised on business signs by The Bank of Carbondale, Meredith Funeral Home, Vogler Ford, University Mall, First Southern Bank, and Mountain View Realty and Water.
We very much appreciate all donors, volunteers, and shoppers. For more information about this annual event, look for us at www.facebook.com/WorldHungerSale.