By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN Holy Trinity’s spring service project, “Kids Against Hunger,” received national attention by being featured in the Catholic Forester magazine’s fall issue.
For its service project, Holy Trinity raised $7,000 for supplies and with the help of more than 400 volunteers packaged 73,455 meals.
Some meals remained local (donated to the local food shelf), while others were shipped overseas.
The Catholic Forester cover pictured Holy Trinity Campus Minister Elaine Kahle, COF member Trish Guennigsman, Holy Trinity 2010 graduate Aaron Guennigsman, and Holy Trinity pastor Fr. Tony Hesse with boxes of meals for Kids Against Hunger. The photo was taken by Diane Remer of Lake Mary Photography.
The Catholic Forester Assistant Vice President Communications Editor Mary Anne File said Holy Trinity received a $500 check as an award for exemplifying the Catholic Order of Forester’s (COF) mission, which is to provide social, spiritual, and community outreach.
Kahle said, “Kids Against Hunger was something I had wanted to do at Holy Trinity for several years, but I was worried about being able to raise enough money to cover the cost of all the ingredients needed to package the meals.”
“It was a leap of faith to take on a project this big,” Kahle said. “But through the grace of God and the help of the COF, and Holy Trinity Parish and School, we exceeded our goal. Being chosen for the cover of the national COF magazine was an extra, added bonus.”
As a testament to the day’s impact, when Father Tony asked a younger packer what he thought about the experience, the student replied, “This was the best day of my life.”
Holy Trinity’s service project was just one of many other projects submitted by other COF groups as part of the COF community outreach project for 2010 called “Feeding God’s Children.”
With 99 COF groups, the home office in Illinois, and 4,433 members and non-members participating, the COF website is calling the 2010 Feeding God’s Children service project a tremendous success.