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Cathy Dyson writes about King George County. You can email her at cdyson@freelancestar.com.

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Raising money to stop hunger

King George groups are working to raise money to buy supplies for Operation Sharehouse, a project planned the Sunday before Thanksgiving at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

The group needs to raise $2,500 to purchase the needed supplies, such as funnels and scoops, bags and boxes. Volunteers will gather to bag up the meals of rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables, which will be distributed through the Stop Hunger Now program.

“This is the fourth year we’ve done the event and each year we think we’re not going to get the money,” said Lori Deem, who’s gathering donations. “But we have always surpassed our goal.”

The group held a dinner cruise on Saturday aboard Stan Palivoda’s paddle boat, the Vivian Hannah. NWSC Federal Credit Union donated the dinner which was prepared and served by Cajun Creations in King George.

The group didn’t get to cruise because of low tide and wind, but the participants enjoyed music and a silent auction, which raised $500.

So far, the group has $1,600 toward supplies, and Deem continues to work on donations and participation.

The project is planned at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, at the King George YMCA.

Anyone interested in donating or helping bag food on that day can contact Lori Deem at 540/709-7495 or lori@journalpress.com.

Or, they can reach talk to Pastor Elfie Finn-McKenzie at 540/604-4579.

The event is sponsored by the Y and the Federal Credit Union.

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