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Leap into service at FUMC

There’s no better way to spend leap day than by Leaping Into Service at the Fairbury First United Methodist Church. Lend a hand to a worthy cause and help feed people all over the world.

The Midwest Missions Distribution Center dispenses education, health, and disaster relief supplies across the globe. One of the supplies is a rice meal kit, which is used in disaster relief and sent to international non-profits. One kit feeds six people, and each kit costs $1 to put together.

On February 29 from 9 AM to noon, the First United Methodist Church is hosting a mission day to fill 1,200 rice kits. The ingredients for the kits are ready, but they need to be assembled. Four assembly lines will work in 1-hour shifts, starting at 9 AM. A line of ten people can pack 125 bags in an hour. Another group of volunteers will assemble boxes and count the kits. Everything must be packed precisely to prepare the shipment to go overseas.

FUMC is still looking for volunteers to fill the 11 AM time slot. Anyone 1 st Grade and older can help. Just make sure to come early to watch a 15-minute instructional video to learn the packing process.

“Our area churches are generous and tireless supporters of those in need, both in our community and far away,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops. “This project is a wonderful way for the community and a church to work together for a greater good.”

To get involved or to find out more about Leap Into Service, please contact the First United Methodist Church by emailing or by calling (815) 692-2543.

We love to hear your ideas, stories, and suggestions! You can share your thoughts with us by calling (815) 692-4500 or by emailing You can also speak with Bobbi McKeon by visiting Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.

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