Friends Helping Friends Fundraiser
If you've seen the news, there are thousands of cars in food lines across the country as unemployment registration is overwhelmed with millions of applicants, and checks aren't in the mail yet. One father of three when asked said without this box of food, his family wouldn't eat tonight. He was working two jobs at restaurants that were shut down. The same scenarios have developed in Bozeman and Belgrade, so we're making an effort to feed as many people in need as possible.
Last week, one of our original After Hours troopers, Troy Dorrel, decided to do something to help out those who can't afford a meal right now and went to work. He called some of his potato farming friends nearby and rounded up some spuds to give away. Steve King at First Montana Bank in Bozeman said Troy could use his parking lot to give away the spuds, so Troy announced the informal giving event on Facebook. There was a line waiting for pickup, and Troy believes between 1,000-1,500 folks came with their bags and buckets to receive nearly 25,000 pounds of potatoes in total to feed their families.
Now Troy has taken it up a notch and rounded up 10,000 pounds of hamburger for $1.89 a pound from a meatpacker in Butte, and an even larger batch of spuds – 50,000 pounds! – to give away this Saturday on May 2 at the Gallatin Valley Mall, from 10 - 5. While the spuds have already been donated, we need to raise funds for the beef.
Shepherd's Heart Ministry is stepping in to help fundraise the cost of the ground beef so you may give easily and securely online, as well as receive a tax deduction for their generosity to your local community.
SHM is also helping to coordinate volunteers for the event and NEEDS YOUR HELP! There's no way Troy & Lorena and a couple of friends can handle this much work, so we need your help next Saturday. He'll need at least a dozen helpers throughout the day to handle over 50,000 pounds of spuds and hand out the hamburger. Bill Harrison of Bill and Deb Trucking is sending a refrigerated truck over to Butte to pick up the meat for us. The Gallatin Valley Mall is allowing us to use their parking lot. The fire department will be using their fire hoses to wash down the fresh spuds. And we've heard that the media is aware of this grassroots effort and will help get the word out.
Troy calls this simply, "friends helping friends", and he's asking for help to buy the hamburger and help to hand out food. It will take a lot of helpers throughout the day to handle a load like this. So please sign-up for a timeslot that's best for you to help for a couple of hours or more and we'll let Troy know who is scheduled for which hours.
Sign-up here to volunteer:
Thank you in advance and may God work through your compassion and generosity to bless many lives this week!
Shepherd's Heart Ministries