‘Serving the Community and Discovering the Difference’

Cullman Christian School ends semester fundraiser with a bang by packing food boxes for families in Haiti

A bustling food box packing operation takes place in CCA’s gym Tuesday (Ashlyn Grey for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Tuesday, students at Cullman Christian School volunteered their time to pack 10,000 family meals to send to Haiti for the holidays.

“We do this in conjunction with our school fundraiser,” explained Feed the Need’s Day of Event Coordinator Candase Wilkins. “We tithe our first fruits from the fundraiser to purchase food and supplies for packing. We have been abundantly blessed this year and have exceeded our fundraising goal!”

Cullman Christian School Headmaster Dr. Josh Swindall said, “The school has always done two big fundraisers per year, a fall fundraiser and a spring fundraiser. In the past, we have done golf-a-thons, walk-a-thons, auctions, silent auctions and then four years ago, we were looking at different fundraising options and we came across this Feed the Need fundraiser through The Champion Group out of Birmingham. It is a school fundraiser similar to a golf-a-thon where people sponsor kids to participate. We raise money through our families and every child is part of that process, and today we are packing meals to send to Haiti and to send to the community.”

The donation process was made simple by the dedicated faculty of Cullman Christian as Cullman Christian School Board President Tina Warner explained, “We have a homepage that has a little thermometer that shows you how much we raise each time, but each family sets up their own page and so each family raises. Friends and family can send a generated text message that will send them a link to their page. Then all of that will go to the overall fundraiser. Our goal was $100,000 and we are at over $110,000 right now. It is just amazing.”

Warner continued, “The kids get to do it and they love it. They decorate the boxes and send a big banner from the school. We have a young woman who goes to Haiti regularly, so she is doing a mission talk with them in the back to inform them more on the mission their working on. Each bag that they pack has six meals in it, and you just add water to it and heat it and there is a full meal that is enough for six people.”

An example of the premade meals that will be received by families in Haiti (Ashlyn Grey for The Cullman Tribune)

Dr. Swindell spoke on what he hopes the students will learn from the fundraising experience, saying, “People are donating to the children, for the school and so all proceeds come to us, and we partner with Feed the Need, and we tithe a portion of that back to them. We wanted a fundraiser to be bigger than just something to raise money, for our kids to be part of something meaningful and special and part of our slogan. Our mission statement is ‘Serving the Community and Discovering the Difference’ and so we wanted to give our kids a chance to do that.”

Cullman Christian School also expressed its deepest gratitude to the gracious sponsors of this event.

Title Sponsors: Johnston RV Center, Clearview Cancer Institute and Dr. Amy Stubbs

$2,500 Sponsors: Traveler’s Health Clinic of North Alabama, J & J Fiber Contracting LLC, MGL INC and Modern Woodmen

$1,500 Sponsors: R.E. Garrison, Wyles & Brandy Griffith, Yarco Construction Company Inc. and Traditions Bank

$1,000 Sponsors: Northbrook Baptist Church, Merchants Bank of Alabama, Gateway Mortgage – Zeb Smith, Randall Walker Construction, ABC Family Medicine, Eidson and Associates, Cullman Urgent Care, Dr. Richard Dodd and Dr. Tom Oliver, Performance Refrigeration LLC and Theraplay Pediatric Sensory Gym LLC

$500 Sponsors: Knight – Free Insurance, Warrior Tractor & Equipment Co. Inc, Sunrise Manor Assisted Living, Cullman Power Board, First Community Bank, Bryars/Wright Insurance, Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Nikki Ruse, Comfort Care Home Health and Hospice, Redan Baptist Church, West Point Collision, Larry G. Cooke LLC-Public Accountant, Chick-fil-A of Cullman, Lonesome Dove Cowboy Church, Holmes Health Care, The Mulberry Studio LLC, K & S Steel, 4D Farm and Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church

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