The Lunch Bunch and Stitchers of Love Distribute Food and Scarves

The Lunch Bunch and Stitchers of Love Distribute Food and Scarves
By Julia Ariail
Posted December 9, 2014

In center: Sandy Sandbach (red t-shirt) distributes sack lunches to neighborhood children in Valdosta. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

An album of photographs from this event is available here.

A short article about this event was included in the weekly newsletter of the Diocese of Georgia on December 9, 2014.

The Christ Church Valdosta Lunch Bunch feeds 120 or more hungry children every first and third Saturday of the month. Workers from the church as well as other members of the community who volunteer gather at 11 a.m. at Christ Church to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They pack them in plastic bags, then brown paper bags with logo stickers together with chips, fruit, juice and other healthy goodies purchased from the Second Harvest Food Bank.

An assembly line of volunteers makes the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the parish hall kitchen. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

On Saturday, December 6, the Christ Church Stitchers of Love accompanied the Lunch Bunch regulars to deliver early Christmas present scarves hand-knit or crocheted by members of the group and knitter friends who heard about the project. Every child and adult who came to the delivery spots at Ora Lee West and Hudson Dockett housing projects received a scarf along with their lunch. Pepi Nelson, one of the organizers of this event, commented: “The children loved the scarves. 150 scarves were chosen within minutes! These scarves took hours of love and thousands of stitches, and they were given out in less than thirty minutes. It was so awesome!”

Some of the children who received a sack lunch and a scarf on December 6. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

The children had many reactions to the surprise gifts: “Wow! Did you make these? I love the bright colors! Can I have a large one to give to my mother? Red, white and blue is like the flag! … and the best reaction… thank you!