Bloomingdale Church is gathering donations for our local food pantries. Donating is simple — bring non-perishable food items to Sunnyside Park on Friday, June 17 from 6 to 8 pm during Party in the Park. Donations may also be dropped off in the church’s rear “portico entrance” on June 18-19.
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Tomato Sauce
- Mac & Cheese
- Pasta & Rice
- Peanut Butter
- Canned vegetables
- Canned tuna
- Canned fruit
- Single Serving Meals
- Canned Beans
- Canned Ham
- Beef Stew
- Granola Bars
- Single-serving items for kids’ lunches
When Melissa Mihalcean and Tamika Cooley heard that food pantries have bare shelves in the summer, they asked their Girl Scout troops to take action. So on a beautiful summer night, 15 girls joined forces with Bloomingdale Church to distribute food drive fliers stapled to grocery bags to nearly 1,000 Bloomingdale residents. Pastor Bill Calvin asked the girls what merit badge they were going to receive for this community service. One of the girls replied, “Our leader taught us that the point of community service is to help others and not worry about the merit badge.” Thank you Girl Scout troops numbers 41851 and 50570. Your efforts had a hand in collecting 384 bags of food for local food pantries.
It was a wet, ugly night and I had resigned myself to seeing no one show up for our food drive. To my amazement fifty teens from Bloomingdale Church and the Lake Park National Honor Society were crammed into the church coffeehouse. I told them I did not want to send them out door-to-door in the drizzle but they overruled me and said they wanted to go. Even though we all got wet, we had a lot of fun being together, putting out 2,000 food drive bags on residents’ doors, and having MomaTola’s Cupcake truck pull up in the church parking lot to give each of us a gourmet cupcake.
On Sunday July 6, over 384 bags of food were picked up and delivered to local food pantries.
Pastor Bill Calvin
Have you ever noticed how easy it is for small children to make new friends? They simply start playing together and in no time they have a new friend. It is ingenious!
Many of us had that same experience this past week. We made new friends with the Girl Scout troops that Tamika C and Melissa M brought out to help us distribute and collect grocery bags. I know I made a new friend in 3rd grader Maddi S as we worked and talked our way through the College Drive neighborhood in Bloomingdale.
The same thing happened the very next night when the Lake Park High School National Honor Society showed up at our church to join forces with our youth group to carry out the food drive. That contingent of fifty teens enabled us to cover nearly all of Bloomingdale’s 6,000 homes. The arrival of MomaTola’s cupcake truck added to the fun of the night as we ate Nancy Calvin’s homemade ice cream covered with a bevy of toppings.
On Sunday July 6, it was great to see 100 workers show up to collect food, do set-up in Circle Park, smoke pork, grill hamburgers, brats, and provide the Patriotic service. The whole day was a blast. The place where we held the service was full and I noticed that we had between 25 and 50 guests join us for the service and the picnic. We got to talk, play games, and break a piñata, while Roger and Chris H provided live music.
The three food pantries for which we collected 384 bags of food say, “Thank you,” but my favorite part was the making of new friends.
Pastor Bill Calvin