Over the next couple of days you might start seeing a bit more pink around town. The Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT) is leading a fundraiser titled “Spread The Love!” through sales of special pink drawstring bags. The project will help support Wi-ACT’s yearly Stop Hunger Now meal packaging effort to help combat world wide hunger (scheduled this year on Oct. 21).
Spread The Love is raising money for that meal-packaging program through the sale of pink, Spread the Love drawstring bags. Coordinators at five Wilton Congregations (Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton Presbyterian, St Matthew’s Episcopal, Wilton Congregational and the Religious Society of Friends) this weekend are selling pairs of the drawstring bags.
Each bag can then be gifted and delivered to friends–organizers are suggesting they be delivered by hanging them on the recipient’s mailbox or front door. Inside each bag, in addition to hershey kisses with a gift tag, there are two smaller “Spread the Love” bags. Those two smaller bags can be given away by each recipient, allow each recipient to become gift givers and “pay it forward.”
The effort is being organized by Wilton Presbyterian Church congregant Margarita Blessing. Her husband, David, describes the fundraiser as “a good kind of pyramid scheme.”
Bags can be purchased for $20 for two; they’ll be sold at each of the five faith institutions listed above this Sunday or by contacting Blessing via email. Additional donations, which will also go directly to pay for the meal packing supplies used on Oct. 21, are welcome and are all tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to top-rated nonprofit “Stop Hunger Now, Inc.” with a notation on the check’s memo line, “Wi-ACT Fundraiser” to assure proper crediting by Stop Hunger Now, Inc to the Wilton meal packing work.
Wi-ACT’S annual meal-packaging event is not only the largest meal-packaging event in all of New England for Stop Hunger Now, Inc., but it’s also one of the charity’s largest events nationally. Having 700 volunteers from across the Wilton community participating in the meal-packaging process, Wi-ACT leaders say, “is a truly inspiring experience as we all work together as a community across our various faith institutions, and beyond.”
In the six years of Wi-ACT’s meal-packaging to date, the 750,000 meals packaged have fed a total of over 2,000 children for an entire year in some of the toughest circumstances around the world. Wi-ACT is shooting to package another 167,000 meals again this coming Oct. 21.