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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 “kits” 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.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1974, the first “Bishop’s Thanksgiving Convocation” was held on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, at Towbridge Livestock Center, University of Missouri-Columbia. The precursor for the Festival of Sharing. Churches from around the state brought huge quantities of resources including food, clothing, church world service kits, and livestock for Heifer Project. Dozens of volunteers were enlisted to distribute the items where needed. This mission continued to grow, catching the attention of laity and clergy of other denominations. In 1982, the annual event came under the coordination of an interdenominational coordinating committee and came to be known as the “Festival of Sharing.”
Women’s Prison Pack – Value: $9.00
Put only these items in a plastic bag. Put filled bags in boxes labeled “Prison Pack.” Toothbrushes are not allowed as part of these kits.
School Kit – Value: $13.00
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.
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