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To the Editor:

The 45th annual World Hunger Sale on April 12-13 was a resounding success. Funds raised totaled more than $14,500 and will benefit primarily local organizations, including Good Samaritan House, the Women’s Center, and area food pantries. Some funds will go to organizations like UNICEF.

The event was sponsored by Church Women United in Carbondale, and graciously hosted by Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

Local businesses and individuals contributed generously. Those donating food for volunteers and customers included Huck’s, Kroger, McDonald’s, Neighborhood Co-op, Newman Center, Panera, Prairie Farms, Schnucks, and Walmart. Businesses donating auction items included Longshadow Gardens of Pomona, Cabin by the Pond, Calico Corner, In Sync, and Salon Euphoria.

Southern Recycling, Best Mini-Storage and Burris Disposal Service contributed their much appreciated services and/or facilities. The sale was advertised on business signs by Bank of Carbondale, Meredith Funeral Home, Vic Koenig Chevrolet, Vogler Ford, and Mountain View Realty and Water. Cash contributions to help cover costs of the event came from local church members as well as members of the wider community.

A multitude of volunteers worked to make this sale happen. Workers represented sixteen faith communities, Evergreen Garden Club, Brehm Preparatory School, the Women’s Center, the National Association of Black Journalists, and SIU. The Lions Club helped set up the event and picked up donated items. Post-sale, various agencies collected items to further benefit community programs.

We very much appreciate all donors, volunteers, and shoppers. For more information about this annual event, look for us on Facebook @HungerSale.

Martha Ellert

Makanda

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