Feed My Sheep returns on Saturday after a two-year hiatus | Local News

The Feed My Sheep Bake Sale and Silent Auction will return this Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

The fundraising event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Desloge First Baptist Church Family Ministry Center, located at 411 N. Harding St.

The Feed My Sheep Bake Sale and Silent Auction feature several types of baked goods each year.

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Inspired by Help the Hungry Bake Sale in Farmington and Feed the Families Bake Sale in Madison County, Feed My Sheep began in 2018 with a bake sale and silent auction held the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the Desloge First Baptist Church. Jack and Elizabeth Poston started organizing the charity fundraising event.

Proceeds benefit the five food pantries in central and northern St. Francis County: Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry, Bonne Terre/St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, Elvins Food Pantry, House of Praise Food Pantry and Immaculate Conception/St. Pantry Vincent De Paul.

After the sale, all funds raised will be divided proportionately based on the number of people using the pantry, according to East Missouri Action Agency records.

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Since its inception, Feed My Sheep has donated over $92,000 to area food pantries. The event raised nearly $25,000 in 2018 and more than $35,000 the following year.

In 2020, the fundraiser was canceled due to pandemic precautions, but the group still managed to raise and contribute $8,000. The sale was canceled again last year, but $24,500 was still raised for the cause.

The fundraising event is a community effort as the Feed My Sheep committee is made up of members from several area churches.

The event has something for everyone, including a silent auction of donated services, merchandise and themed baskets. Attendees can purchase fresh bread, cookies, cakes, pies, candies, gift baskets, dry mixes, handmade items, and more. Additionally, customers can shop the used book sale, visit the cafe serving cookies and gravy, coffee and tea, or check out the donut wall.

Like Farmington’s Help the Hungry Bake Sale, the fundraising centerpiece is the Pastor’s Cake Auction, where pastors bake their favorite cake and auction it off.

Bakers can drop off baked goods from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday or Saturday mornings from 7-9 a.m. at the Desloge First Baptist Church Family Ministry Center, using the west door of Fellowship Hall on the lower level . A convenient drive-thru drop-off service will be available on Friday afternoons. Organizers said they would not be accepting refrigerated items this year due to a lack of refrigerated storage space.

All items must be homemade and must be placed on a sturdy disposable plate. Donors of baked goods are requested to securely cover all items with Glad or Saran wrap, ensuring the wrapper seals the item. Attach a temporary label identifying the type of bakery product it is. To ensure consistency, all final labeling and pricing will be done upon delivery of the items.

Community members don’t need to be a baker to get involved as there are several ways to help with the project.

One way to help would be to make gift baskets. Themed baskets can range from $25 to $100. Other suggestions include making holiday wreaths and centerpieces and donating other homemade items or paperbacks or hardbacks for the used book sale.

The organizers also need volunteers for the day of the event and on Friday.

Feed My Sheep returns on Saturday after a two-year hiatus

Feed My Sheep invites community members to cook, create, donate, auction, and buy a variety of items, including gift baskets and baked goods.

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Cash donations are also welcome and all donations are tax deductible. The organizers ask donors to make checks payable to the Ministries Alliance of the Mining Zone, indicating “Feed My Sheep” in the memo section of the check. Donations can be mailed to Elizabeth Poston at 103 Ashton Ct. in Bonne Terre.

This year’s corporate sponsors include New Era Bank at the Good Shepherd donation level, donating $500 or more. American Heritage Abstract is a Ram-level sponsor with a donation of $300 or more.

Sponsors at the Lamb level, contributing $200 or more, are CZ Boyer & Son Funeral Homes, First State Community Bank and Lix Frozen Custard. Bouvier-level sponsors who donate $100 or more include comprehensive vision care; Mineral Zone Overhead Door, Sam Scism Motors; Hubbard Construction & General Contractor; Hub Pub & Grill; Willette furniture; Modern insulation Ozarks; and Patsy’s furniture.

For more information, contact Jack and Elizabeth Poston by phone at 573-431-0391 or by email at [email protected]

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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