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First Congregational Church of Hopkinton Donates Over 6 Tons of
Goods & Materials to Local Charities



April 5, 2007 – At the conclusion of the 6 week ‘Feeding with 5,000’ campaign, First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) collected and distributed 13,701 lbs (6.2 tons) of food and household items to local charities. The initial goal of 5,000 lbs was far exceeded by the generosity of the church family and the Hopkinton community.

“I'm just blown away by the congregation's response,” states Dr. Michael Laurence, Senior Pastor of FCCH. “Our church truly cares about making a difference in the lives of people. We wanted to help the people who needed it most and encourage the people who lead these organizations. I think we met both of those goals.”

Each week, over 2,000 lbs was collected and delivered within 36 hours to the following local charities: Walking in Light Ministry, Hopkinton Food Pantry, Project Just Because, Salvation Army, Holliston Food Pantry Shelf, Serenity House, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, The Bridge House, and New England Dream Center. (For more information on these ministries, please contact First Congregational Church of Hopkinton.)

“Thank you for the overwhelming amount of food and paper goods delivered to us,” said Sylvia Stickney, Volunteer Director of the Holliston Pantry Shelf. “You brought us items most needed, almost as if you read our weekly grocery list.”

In additional to drop offs on Sunday mornings, contributions came in from many different places. The FCCH Youth Group collected 500 lbs from the community as part of the 30-Hour Famine (an event sponsored by World Vision, an international youth movement to fight hunger). Donations were also accepted during the Kids Choir Musical on March 17th, and the management of BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse generously donated 2 gift cards that were used to purchase food.

“We can’t thank you enough for what you have done for our charity,” commented Cherylann Lambert Walsh, President and Founder of Project Just Because. “The food contribution was unbelievable. The shelving and all the extra help from your parishioners to get this ready for us is very much appreciated. It’s all of us working together that makes this Project what it is today.”

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton would like to thank everyone who participated in the event by generously donating goods to people in need and the 73 volunteers who sorted, packed and delivered the items. FCCH extends special thanks the campaign organizers: Melissa Aulds, Ron Sebastian, Natalie Crosier, and Rick Mansfield.

About First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

The First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) is a thriving non-denominational Christian church whose members come from many towns in Boston's Metrowest area.
FCCH is built upon the commitment to love God, love people, and help everyone become a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. We meet each Sunday morning for two services at 9:00 AM and 10:45AM at our beautifully expanded facility.

~ First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

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