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The gym at the Community Commons has been transformed into a packing station for the weekend.

Feed My Starving Children comes to New Richmond

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NEW RICHMOND - The Feed My Starving Children organization has arrived in New Richmond and over the next two days thousands of meals will be packaged by volunteers.

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Set up in the Community Commons (the old middle school building), the mobile MannaPack will welcome upwards of 1,000 volunteers over the two days. The volunteers will pack more than 235,000 meals, which will eventually make their way to countries like Haiti and Nicaragua and to the continent of Africa.

There are seven two-hour volunteer packing sessions over the two days (three today, Friday, June 22, and four tomorrow, Saturday, June 23.) About 40 volunteer slots are still available for those wanting to help out and experience a packing event.

The first packing session, made up of quite a few members from Faith Community Church in New Richmond, kicked off the packing event at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Excitement filled the old middle school gym as hundreds of individually-wrapped meals were put together and sealed for packing. The finished boxes of meals were then traferred to a waiting semi-truck for transportation to Feed My Starving Children's warehouse in Eagan, Minn.

Each packing session begins with a brief training briefing. There are various jobs that people can participate in and the event is open to any age.

The event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, with financial help from local churches, businesses and individuals.

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