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CRS Helping Hands at HNJ

Join us on Sunday, March 31
This year as part of our 60th anniversary celebration our goal is to package 60,000 nutritious meals for the people of Burkina Faso, West Africa! The entire HNJ community is invited to join together as we once again package life-saving meals for our brothers and sisters in Christ. All are welcome to participate and also encouraged to make monetary donations to help pay for the meals ($1=2 meals).

What is Helping Hands?
CRS Helping Hands is a Catholic volunteer and formation event that allows participants to serve their brothers and sisters overseas in a tangible way. Together, volunteers package meals to send to people who suffer from chronic hunger as a result of cyclical drought and flooding in the African nation of Burkina Faso.

Why do the meals go to Burkina Faso?
Burkina Faso suffers from cyclical droughts and flooding. Most people in Burkina Faso depend on subsistence farming, making it difficult to grow food or earn a living during times of natural disaster. Currently, there is not enough food in the country to feed all who are hungry. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, CRS has packaged more than 4 million meals for Burkina Faso.

How much of my donation goes to the food?
100% of your donation goes to CRS Helping Hands which includes the food, the shipment and distribution of meals as well as funding development projects that help solve long-term hunger. More than a typical aid program, we work to strengthen the communities where we send our food, helping people to experience the basic right of being self-sufficient.

What are the Big Boards?
Our Big Boards are a fun and interactive way for us to track donations and ensure we raise the $30,000 needed to package 60,000 meals. Choose a number from 1-150 (or 200, 250, 500) and donate that amount. Once all the squares on both Big Boards are filled we will have the funds we need for our project!
When do I help package meals?
All ages are welcome to help us package meals on Sun, Mar 31 – The shift times are 8:30-9:45 am & 10:15-11:30 am.

How do I register or donate?
You can register online!


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