Rev. Mel West and his wife Barbara of Columbia, Mo. created the Festival of Sharing project 30 years ago. It started small but kept growing as more people wanted to participate. Our UU Church collaborates with 30 different Missouri faith groups to provide critical items to people in need.
We create packs and kits, with items requested by the trusted Missouri, national and international aid agencies. The agencies distribute our gifts via their own networks. Our kits, packs, special projects and monetary donations promote social justice by providing health, nutrition, disaster aid and education.
There are Festival of Sharing projects displayed on two tables in the greeting area of the church. We hope you will find a project that is meaningful to you. It is so satisfying to be helping someone less fortunate. You can sign up on the clipboards to indicate interest.
In the past we have taken our Festival of Sharing projects to the Missouri State Fair Arena in Sedalia in mid-October. However, it has become too expensive to go to Sedalia for a Friday overnight for youth activities and all-day Saturday activities. Therefore, this year Festival of Sharing has organized Sharefests in seven regions of Missouri.
Churches in our Central Region will take their Festival of Sharing projects to the Tipton United Methodist Church, 204 U.S. Highway 50. Our donations can be dropped off there on Friday, Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. or on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Call Marian Hjelmfelt, our Festival of Sharing Coordinator, at 573-449-5118 or 573-999-2265 or send her an email for more information or to volunteer to help.