This month we’re spotlighting Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County, located in Owensville. They distribute food three days a week, provide a mobile market monthly, support Backpack Buddies for around 40 students weekly, and host a special Operation Christmas distribution yearly. They accomplish this all entirely with volunteers. Board Vice President, Andrew, says it is rewarding to help people and to see the camaraderie between the volunteers from the area churches. About a year and a half ago they were able to move to a bigger facility with walk in coolers.
Festival of Sharing has participated in the Best Choice Save-a-Label program for many years. The program helps nonprofits raise money by awarding $.03 for each Best Choice UPC label redeemed. This is a great (and easy!) opportunity to support Festival of Sharing from your home all year-long.
Here is how you participate: Buy Best Choice brand products in your local grocery store. Cut the entire UPC barcode label off the packaging. Collect as many as you can! When it is time to turn them in, count them and place them in a Ziploc bag. Please make sure to label on the outside how many you have collected! You can even register your church as an agency to help us get a bonus coupon each year. More information at https://bestchoicebrand.com/save-a-label/.
Once we receive all donations, we will combine them into bundles of 1,000 and send them off for redemption. The money earned is used towards hunger projects throughout the year.
Exploring the past and the present of Festival of Sharing.