Volunteers in the southeastern Nebraska town of Odell will be holding an event this month to package 50,000 rice and soy meals to ship to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.
Organizer Gwen Vitosh says it’s an effort being coordinated by the Orphan Grain Train and Mercy Meals in Nebraska.
“We estimate we are going to need about 30 people per two-hour shift, roughly 200 people,” Vitosh says, “however some of those people can do more than one shift in different positions.” There are essentially three positions, filling bags, weighing bags and sealing bags.
The event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, December 16th and 17th, at the Odell Community Building.
The packaging and loading will start at 8 AM each day with breaks for lunch and supper. Two-hour shifts will run morning and afternoon, along with two shifts in the evening. The late shift will focus on getting ready for the next day.
“There’s a lot of regulations as far as people getting sanitized, wearing the hair nets, wearing gloves, wearing aprons, and there’s also sanitizing the Odell Community Building, including the kitchen and bathroom areas and wash stations.”
Vitosh says it’s been heart-wrenching to see on television the effects of the weather disaster in the Philippines and the opportunity to lend a hand was most welcome.
“Basically, we all just jumped at the chance,” she says. “With the volunteers listed, we have a lot of people who really want to help those people. It’s a good way to be able to help out.”
Vitosh says there’s no cost to participate, they just need people willing to volunteer their time. With enough volunteers, it’s hoped the packaging will be complete by noon on the 17th.
To volunteer, call Vitosh at 402-806-2174, or Deb Penner at 402-520-1795.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice