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On Thursday, March 6, eighteen nimble-fingered Immanuelites — led by David Crosby and David Ingold — inserted instructions in small plastic packets, which will later be filled with a rehydrating solution and shipped to disaster areas.  In 90 minutes, we were able to stuff 5,000 packets — a great showing!  See photos below.

And we'll do it again at the BIG EVENT on Sunday, March 30th, anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Come to the lobby of Temple Beth El on Seminary Road (across from the seminary post office), and we'll show you how easy it is, plus you get to catch up with church friends and do good at the same time.

We assemble packets of dry ingredients (sugars & salts) that are shipped under the auspices of the United Nations and other relief agencies to scenes of natural or man-made disasters (war, famine, floods, & earthquakes).  Packets prepared in past years were used in Haiti, after the 2009 earthquake, and in the Philippines where first Typhoon Bopha in 2012 and then the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 killed more than 6,000 people, and muddy waters washed out entire villages and disrupted clean water supplies.

Our goal is 20,000 packets. It's easy and a great way to serve God's people globally!  All are welcome and encouraged to participate!


"Ashes to Go" on March 5
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