By Linda Nerothin
I have been involved in Harvest of Hands since we joined Zion in 1985. The friendships I have made there are priceless. We work on lots of different craft projects – some very successful, others not so much but we always have a good time. Some of my favorites are beading and other jewelry making and paper crafts.
Why volunteer for Harvest of Hands you may ask. There are so many worthy places to expend time, energy and money. For me, the answer is that I can’t imagine anything much sadder than being a mother or father who has no food to give their hungry child. As we see so many scenes of hunger in Africa and around the world, we Harvest of Hands workers are encouraged to increase our efforts to share God’s love by feeding the hungry.
We get together on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings of the month to work on crafts and make plans for our events. In addition to our annual festival in November, this year we are planning a very big meal packing event in the spring with the help of other churches and the community. At these events, I am also able to get my family involved, my husband Dave and my children Anne and Dan. It’s a great way to do something together while teaching the kids about caring for others.
It’s about spending time with friends, having snacks, doing crafts and working to share God’s love through feeding the hungry, all at the same time! For me, it doesn’t get much better than that!