WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL OF SHARING???
The third Saturday of October is the day that people of faith, from many different denominations all over the state, gather at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia. The groups and families bring money that has been raised and National/International Kits & Missouri Packs that have been assembled during the year. Volunteers help to sack rice, beans and potatoes for distribution to Missouri agencies. In the afternoon state agencies bring their trucks and trailers to receive the kits, rice, beans and potatoes to distribute to their clients. Kits, assembled for Church World Service, are loaded on a semi truck to continue their journey to other parts of the world.
The Festival generates approximately $1 million annually.
The interfaith event is an expression of mission support and involvement that has helped improve the lives of countless individuals in Missouri and around the world.
THE PURPOSE AND MISSION
The Festival of Sharing seeks to:
- Generate financial, material, and personnel resources for hunger, poverty, crisis, and injustice
- Meet and challenge injustice through advocacy and systemic change
- Promote awareness of hunger and justice issues, local and international outreach opportunities, and resource steward ship possibilities
- Encourage and enable hands-on experience with mission projects and local outreach agencies
Current Kit: Clean Up Buckets
1 bottle of liquid household cleaner (12–16 oz.)
Must be water mixable. (no spray bottles)
1 non aerosol insect repellent (6–9 oz.)
Clothesline 1–100 ft., or 2–50 ft. lines
2 pairs non–surgical latex gloves Should be durable
for multiple uses.(remove packaging)
1 scrub brush (plastic or wooden)
1–50 oz. liquid laundry detergent(bottles only)
1 liquid disinfectant dish soap (16–18 oz.)
18 reusable cleaning wipes (like easy wipes)
7 sponges, including 1 large sponge
24–48 heavy–duty or contractor-type trash bags, sized
36–45 gallon in a roll(remove cardboard packaging)
Since this is a large kit, we will be collecting for two months. It is the most expensive kit (estimated value $75) and has the most items. All cleaning items must be new. Please place your items in our box in the narthex. Donated items must be EXACTLY as listed. Menards is a good place to get most of the items listed above. If you would like to donate money, the Mission and Outreach Ministry will shop for items. We do our best to get sale items and make the money stretch.
Central UCC’s 2020 kit schedule:
January – CWS Hygiene Kits
February – Paper Products
March – CWS Hygiene Kits
April – Clean Up Buckets
May – Clean Up Buckets
June – Clean Up Buckets
July – Paper Products
August – Family Food Boxes
September – Family Food Boxes