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Do you have a small group that is interested in hosting a packing event, but you have no idea how to come up with enough volunteers to pack 50,000 meals? Chip Cross, from Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, tells how his small congregation partnered with local groups in his community of Marion, North Carolina to pack more than 100,000 meals on a Saturday in September.

In July 2017, three churches in McDowell County attended Camp Caswell near Oak Island, NC. Pleasant Gardens Baptist sent 26 people, Glenwood Baptist 46, and Grace Community Church 103. At Camp Caswell, we had an opportunity to pack food for those in need in Haiti. Following the report of our trip, our church committed to pack 100,000 meals with Servants With a Heart. The cost of the meals was allocated from our church mission fund. Almost two years ago the Lord worked in the hearts of some anonymous donors to make a huge donation to missions; the funds for these meals were provided from the earnings from the mission fund principal and this project would not have been possible at this time without this generous donation and its subsequent management with a heart for missions.

On Saturday, September 30 we packed over 106,000 meals to be sent to Nicaragua. Initially the recruitment of volunteers was behind schedule but God provided in a big way! Twenty-five groups in our community participated and we filled over 550 volunteer time slots. Some of the groups that were represented include Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, Glenwood Baptist Church, Grace Community Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grace Baptist Church, Nebo Crossing Church, Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, Freedom Life Ministries, Marion Rotary Club, South Mountain Children’s Home, Melinda Zullo Girl Scout Troop, Diane Wright Girl Scout Troop, Old Fort Boy Scout Troop, McDowell Senior Center, East McDowell Middle School, McDowell Alternative Learning Center, McDowell Technical Community College students and staff, North Cove Elementary School, Pleasant Gardens Elementary School, McDowell High School ROTC, McDowell High School Peer Group Connection, McDowell High School Friends of Rachel, McDowell High School students and staff, McDowell Women’s Shelter, Community Volunteers. I know some were probably left out; please forgive me.

It was a true community effort! Thanks again to everyone who participated! Please pray for this food as it goes out and for those who will be receiving it; that it will nourish their bodies and also their souls knowing that it came from the Lord through His people.

Chip Cross, Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church

How a Packing Event can Benefit Your School

How a Packing Event can Benefit Your School

Schools are some of the best hosts for Servants With a Heart packing events.

Students who participate learn about the importance of healthy eating in their own lives and how the meals they pack provide nutrition for the children who receive it. The packing event also allows children to experience teamwork and generosity first-hand. An event like this is a great way for your children to learn all of these skills and to give back.

Children Volunteering at VBS

Children Volunteering at VBS

In what ways do you want your children to know more about volunteering and service? How are you instilling these values in your family?

Why Joining the Leadership Team is Right for you

Why Joining the Leadership Team is Right for you

You may be wondering if there is more you can do to further along Servants with a Heart’s goals to nourish children locally and globally.Joining the leadership team is a primary way to get more involved with a cause that you care about. Keep reading to see if taking the next step may be right for you.

How to build a stronger team: Jenkins Restorations partners with Servants with a Heart

How to build a stronger team: Jenkins Restorations partners with Servants with a Heart

Have you ever wanted to build a stronger team? Have you ever wondered how you can do that? A Huffington Post article titled “Why Volunteering is good for your Business” states that employees are twice as likely to rate the company culture as “very positive” at companies with volunteer programs, and a volunteer-oriented environment is better for the overall health of the company. By choosing to volunteer together, the overall atmosphere of the company becomes more positive while giving back to their community and other parts of the world.

Leaders from Duke Recommend Servants with a Heart

Servants with a Heart visited the Duke University campus on January 28, 2017 to pack 50,000 meals for hungry children in Nicaragua.

Edward Dixon, Director for the Center for Christianity and Scholarship and Katie Owen, Presbyterian Campus Minister at Duke University discuss in the video below their experience partnering with two-time graduate, Jeffrey Yoh and his wife, Suzanne Yoh through Servants with a Heart. 

Jeffrey Yoh said, "As someone who graduated from Duke University (twice!), I appreciate being able to pack food at my alma mater and influence students like Amy to continue a pattern of service.”

Suzanne Yoh added, “We have been involved with the Center for Christianity and Scholarship over the past few years and love how the organization brings together a wide assortment of Duke students to learn and serve."

A Reflection from Amy Whisenand

Thank you to Amy Whisenand, a 3rd year doctoral student (ThD) in New Testament, for providing this reflection on her experience with Servants with a Heart.


I showed up with a friend from my church and from the Graduate Christian Fellowship. When we walked into the gymnasium, we didn’t see anyone we knew—and even if we had known people there, we probably wouldn’t have recognized them because everyone was covered in a hair net. An undergraduate shyly came over to us to greet us and offer us our own hair nets.

Putting on the hair net did the first work of transformation—we went from being strangers to being part of a team, focused on the goal of packing meals. The green-hair-netted people came around and got the teams of our new friends oriented to the tasks at hand. We scooped, weighed, sealed, and packed (always making sure that rice went last!) together for a couple hours. We settled into a rhythm of scooping and weighing, making the second transformation of disparate ingredients into a meal. We marked time by the announcement of how many boxes were packed until we met our goal.

Perhaps I enjoyed the surprise and the “strangeness” of teamwork the most. We came together from different campus groups and churches, some of us not knowing each other. The majority of us will not meet the people who receive these meals. And yet those of us in that gymnasium knew we showed up with a shared purpose—packing meals—and a shared commitment—care of the poor and the stranger in the name of Christ. The experience was a reminder of how Christians are caught in Christ’s net, and, this time, it looked like a hair net.

Amy Whisenand helps at our Servants with a Heart meal packing event.

Amy Whisenand helps at our Servants with a Heart meal packing event.

Featured in South Charlotte Weekly

Featured in South Charlotte Weekly

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