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Vickie Flintjer C.

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Review for Community Combined Ministries, Martinsburg, WV, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with this ministry for 8 or 9 years, and have watched it grow from feeding around 100 children a month to 900 children a month. Many don’t realize how important this ministry is. The children look forward to the food in their backpacks every week because they know it’s the only food they will have for the weekend. I remember one story about a boy who said the only food he had over a weekend was a pop tart until he started getting food from this ministry.

It is truly a blessing to work with Community Combined Ministries. The packings run like a finely oiled machine with sometimes over 200 volunteers working to get the job done. It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to know you’ve helped someone and to know a child won’t go hungry because you helped to do something about it.

God gave the vision, his direction has been followed to the letter, and he just keeps helping us be his hands and feet.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Community Combined Ministries, Martinsburg, WV, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first met the creator of Community Combined Ministries, Diana Wall, back in 2010 during an event for needy children of our county. School supplies, clothing, shoes, and food were given out freely. Later I discovered she had a feeding ministry for school children.

In this great nation of ours, it was hard for me to believe that we had so many children who were not being fed at home on the weekends. When I began to volunteer with this ministry and heard some of the sad stories about the children, my heart was saddened. Every year the number of children that are fed by CCM/Kidz Power Pacs continues to increase. I've seen the numbers grow from around 400 to nearly a 1,000 in the last seven years. The school teachers have seen what a difference it makes in the children as far as their alertness and ability to learn. How can you learn or pay attention when you're hungry? I remember the story of one child who had nothing to eat over the weekend but a pop tart. How nourishing is that?

Food that can easily be prepared by children is packed into the participating child's backpack by school staff every week. CCM does not keep tabs on the identification of the students. They are selected by the schools teachers who can tell when a child's learning experience is hampered by hunger.

God gave Diana a vision for this ministry and she has done everything He has asked her to do. Every packing is organized and runs like clockwork. It's amazing to see how over 100 volunteers of all ages come together for one purpose.

I have been blessed to help with this ministry and anyone who has come to a packing will tell you the same thing.

Role:  Volunteer