When you think of Change the World Allen 2015, the word “rain” might be one of the first to come to mind, but that memory is quickly followed by thoughts of generosity, fun, friends, and making a difference.
The event started out with a minor weather adjustment when the Friday night kick-off event was moved from Joe Farmer Recreation Center to the FUMC Allen Sanctuary. Spirits were lifted by the amazing music of The Connections Band and their favorite Eagle/Chicago tribute concert.
From there, the weekend was all about neighbors giving to neighbors even if some of the jobs will take a little longer to complete. Project leaders have allowed an extra month for teams to finish several of the outdoor home improvement projects, but thousands of people still came out and helped their neighbors in mid-May. To accomodate those jobs, the Change The World website still lists dozens of volunteer opportunities taking place over the next few weeks, weather permitting. We welcome any and all to take a look and volunteer to help complete some of the outstanding projects.
To date, we’ve been able to total some significant results from the mid-May weekend. Change The World Allen was supported by 2,300 volunteers from 30 organizations working approximately 7,000 hours to complete 90 projects. In part, these volunteers worked hard to gather, package, remodel, redo and create the following:
- 5,236 pounds of food for area food banks.
- 109 large bags of clothing for Allen Community Outreach.
- 348 pairs of new and slightly used shoes for Family Promise.
- 173,670 meals for Kids Against Hunger.
- 17 boxes of care packages for our soldiers.
- 21 blankets for Project Linus.
- 31 homes touched with repairs to date; 17 homes deferred due to weather and staffing.
- 303 diapers for families in Honduras.
- 100+ cards for military and seniors.
- 850 decorated bags for the Salvation Army.
- 700 sandwiches for Change The World Weekend volunteers.
- 35 trailer deliveries, including 2 loads of gravel, 4 pallets of sod, and 2 loads of fencing material.
- 17 trailer loads of debris, filling 6 large city dump containers and 2 city garbage trucks with 12 large debris pickups.
- 45 singers sharing cards and hugs with 15 nursing home residents.
- 120 items for the Rainbow Room serving clients of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano.
All these numbers add up to a church and community filled with very generous and gracious people!