Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Business Office raises funds for 'Feed My Starving Children'

By Andrea Allis
Copy Editor

The Saint Mary’s University Business Office has entered as a team for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a charity event that will take place in Winona on March 26, according to Cindy Marek, vice president for financial affairs.

According to its website, FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization based in Minnesota that puts on events to raise money for meals for children all over the world who suffer from hunger. FMSC has “partnerships with major global distribution nonprofits and imbedded missionaries” which helps it achieve widespread distribution of meals to those in need.

Each team in an FMSC event may consist of up to 20 members and must raise $750 by a deadline. On that day, volunteers pack meals to be sent to children in need. “We’re really excited for the big day,” said Marek.

In order to raise funds for the event, the Business Office has been working together to hand-make greeting cards to sell to the SMU community. Their first venture was Valentine’s Day cards. “The response was above and beyond what we expected,” said Marek. “We raised close to $400.”

They have made many greeting cards for other occasions that are currently for sale at the Business Office windows in the basement of Saint Mary’s Hall. Jars for donations are also placed in the windows.

Marek said she heard about Feed My Starving Children through an email from the Winona Rotary stating that FMSC was planning an event in Winona. “We were looking for a team-building experience for the office, and I thought this would be perfect,” said Marek. “Everyone [in the Business Office] is very enthusiastic about doing it; I didn’t have to sell the idea at all.”

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