Trinity food drive aims to fill trailer
When Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Babine saw the articles about the success of the "Fill the Dome" project in Fargo a few weeks ago, he was inspired to challenge his congregation to attempt something similar.
"I've got a 6-by-10 foot cargo trailer that has a capacity of about 360 cubic feet," Babine said.
So, he wondered, "can we fill it?"
After some experimenting, he found that a box one cubic foot in size could hold 48 pounds of food. Babine also learned that the Food Pantry can buy food at a discounted cost of about 14 cents per pound -- including transportation -- so he reasoned that a monetary donation of about $5.72 would be the equivalent of 48 pounds of food.
Last Sunday, Dec. 13, Babine issued the challenge to his flock, to come up with either 360 cubic feet of food donations, the equivalent amount in monetary donations, or a combination of both.
He gave the Trinity Lutheran congregation one week to answer the call -- and this Sunday, Dec. 20, they will learn if they met the challenge.
"The goal is to at least fill the trailer one time, and hopefully more," Babine said.
The "Feed the Hungry" drive is being organized by congregation members Kathy Reidberger and Pat Benson.
Also on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., the church will host a "Candles & Carols" holiday concert, featuring various youth and adult musical ensembles from the congregation. The event will be followed by a turkey dinner at 6 p.m., with a free will offering being taken to once again raise funds for the Food Pantry.
And that's not all the church is doing to bring some Christmas cheer to the less fortunate this holiday season, Babine noted.
The church distributed roughly 20 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to local families in need last month, and the response to its annual "Giving Tree" project has also been phenomenal, he added.
"We had 125 names on our Giving Tree this year ... all of those names have been taken," Babine said.