Harvest of Hands 2019

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Help make this the best Harvest of Hands festival yet!

The Harvest of Hands Festival is an annual event held at Zion to feed the hungry in our own community and around the world.

Check out the volunteer opportunities and requested donations

Cash donations are also needed to help purchase supplies.

As you do your fall cleaning, remember to set aside items for the White Elephant rooms. Drop off your white elephant items in the Egypt room (near the youth room) beginning Monday, October 28. Most typical garage sale items are accepted, including homewares, décor, collectibles, books, games & toys (please do NOT bring computers, TVs, exercise equipment, bicycles, upholstered furniture, or clothing). 

Harvest of Hands meets to work on craft projects and prepare for the November event. Volunteers can also get involved in many other ways

October 22, 2019
Harvest of Hands Crafts
October 23, 2019
Harvest of Hands Crafts
October 29, 2019
Harvest of Hands Crafts
October 30, 2019
(Setup - Busy)
October 31, 2019
Harvest Of Hands Set up
November 2, 2019
HOH Silent Auction
Harvest of Hands After Sale

All are welcome at the craft sessions, either to work on the planned projects or to bring your own projects and enjoy the morning or evening with friends. Join us for fun, fellowship, and a sense of accomplishment.

Crafters can also work on projects at home. Supplies are available for home projects.  We also have some kits available near the Information Desk. Please help yourself to the kits. Please return the completed kits or crafts made at home by November 1. Contact Joy Arens for more information or supplies. 

Zion’s Harvest of Hands primary focus has been donating funds to support several very important food providing efforts. These efforts have included:

  • Partnering yearly with Nelson Lodge No. 135 of Buffalo in making a $5,000 donation which has been doubled by the Lodge for the Buffalo Food Shelf
  • Partnering biennially with Wright County Wellspring at the Baby Animal Fair, a fundraiser for Heifer International, with the purchase of a $5,000 “Gift Ark” donation which provides animals to needy families to raise for food and livelihood
  • Partnering with Outreach, Inc. to package many thousands of meals for delivery in Africa and within the United States

This year, Harvest of Hands will partner with “The Water Project” to bring clean water to the Mukuku Community in southeast Kenya, Africa. With water so available to us, it is hard to believe that more than 1,300 people in the Mukuku Community depend upon open river scoop holes found along the Thwake River to meet their daily water needs. These open water sources are shared by human beings, livestock and wild animals; thereby exposing the community members to potential health dangers. Not only is the water unclean but it is a relatively long distance from the village so walking is time consuming and carrying the water a burden. Harvest of Hands feels blessed to help provide a well through the support of the Zion congregation and the Buffalo community at the Harvest of Hands annual fall festival event. As this project moves forward, be sure and watch for photos and project updates.

Through the gift of anonymous donors, Harvest of Hands will also partner with World Vision and offer fruit tree ornaments for sale at the November 2 event. The ornaments represent the purchase of World Vision fruit trees which will be given to needy families throughout the world. A wide variety of fruit types, including oranges, mangoes, bananas, papayas and apples, are distributed according to the environmental limitations of the location (water, soil type, erosion). A fruit tree orchard can produce enough fruit for vital income in just two to three years. The fruit can feed a family, provide income and help yield seedlings so more families can grow their own fruit. Please consider adding one of these ornaments to your Christmas tree and help a family in another part of the world by giving hope for a better tomorrow. Stories of the impact of a fruit orchard will also be shared.

Harvest of Hands is a dedicated group that works together throughout the year to help rid the world of hunger by creating crafts to be sold at the annual sale in November. New volunteers are always welcome.

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