The sound of a scoop scratching against the tiny grains of rice mingled with the fluctuation of voices and interlaced with Christian music transformed the old Rappahannock High School gym into a hive of activity. As community members from different churches and affiliations, different backgrounds, and different areas came together for one combined goal—the second annual Haiti Meal Pack.
On Saturday, January 18, 209 community members, with the precision of a well-oiled machine, packaged 45,144 meals in 209 boxes. These meals will become the difference between starvation and life for the children served by the New Hope Christian School in Haiti, as they are the only ones most children will eat in a day. New Hope Christian School, which was established in September of 2017 in the Le Mer Frappee community of Haiti, is solely supported and operated by sponsorship money. The school services the community of approximately 10,000 Haitians still struggling to overcome the devastation and aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that rocked their area. Even before the earthquake, the population has historically struggled economically, socially, and politically from events beyond their control due to being a part of what has been determined is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This fact is clearly documented with the 13.53% unemployment rate and average salary for those working to be around $2 a day.
Therefore, it is for the children of Le Mer Frappee community that Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Mechanicsville based groups and churches united. Spearheaded by Teresa and Hutt Williams and helped by individuals from the Warsaw Rotary, Riverside Warsaw Medical Arts, Warsaw VFW, and the Rappahannock High School Beta Team, as well as Richmond County Public Schools for supplying the space and technical support, the event has quickly become a time to give back to those less fortunate. The only qualification to help were a willing heart and a desire to make a small difference—age and ability did not matter as there was something for everyone to do. For most, the three hours of their day was spent around white tables loaded with grains and dehydrated ingredients while outfitted in a hairnet and a pair of gloves.
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Over 200 Northern Neck residents came out to support this good cause.