3-24 potatoes project

From left, Lauren Gregory, Clara Snyder, Holden Faison and Luke Cherry hold the mesh bags which will hold the potatoes.

Forty-two thousands pounds of potatoes will soon be arriving in Mooresville. These will be shared to various area ministries.

Luke Cherry, Holden Faison, Lauren Gregory and Clara Snyder, all sixth-graders at Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville, wanted to help the community, so when they were told about the Society of St. Andrew’s Gleaning Ministry, they agreed to take on this project locally.

“We always do a big project each year, which they decide on,” said Debbie Smith, director of Christian Ministries. They plan as a group how to promote, implement and take (the idea) to the church council to get it approved and then share with the church members in order to get volunteers, she noted.

For three hours, the students cut and bundled the mesh bags, which will each hold 10 pounds of potatoes. They prepared enough bags to hold the 42,000 pounds that will arrive on pallets at the church on Friday.

The parking lot will be closed off at this time to make room for the potatoes. The lot will also be marked off with an assigned location for each organization receiving the produce. Some of the ministries that will be recipients include The Mooresville Christian Mission, The Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Fifth Street Ministries, the Council on Aging, which meets at the church, Pig-Out Mooresville, the mission in China Grove and more.

On March 31, following the 10 a.m. worship service at Central UMC, volunteers will gather to sort, bag, tie up and load the potatoes so they will be ready for transport. From noon until 2 p.m. the church will be having a baked potato bar with the proceeds going to help defray the cost of transportation.

After the meal, work will continue until all potatoes are bagged and each of the organizations has picked up its potatoes or they have been delivered.

Those wishing to help with this project may join the group on Sunday at the church, 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville. All are invited to attend the service and participate in the meal as well.

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