Money raised at a spaghetti dinner, held this past July at All Saints Lutheran Church, paid shipping expenses for 11 50-pound bins of donated items with enough left to purchase a pump and irrigation pipe for a hard working native, Bernard.
Because of deaths (due to illness and war) of men in his extended family, Bernard is responsible for 32 people, 20 of them are children.
A youth group leader looking for a fund-raising project is likely to think in terms of concession sales, booths at a local street fair, or maybe even a carnival if the group is big enough to handle one.
But not many youth leaders would commit to taking a personal passion and turn it into a unique fundraiser for their youth group, and also for an essential, local volunteer first responder organization.
Every Thursday, three friends get together at Carol Haskett’s home near Eckert. They visit about the goings-on in the community as they pull out pattern books, coils of reed and half-completed baskets.