Given this long history, and her long-standing desire to help others, Pastor Tim Wessley's wife Tina turned her 50th birthday into a congregational challenge that helped a lot of people!
As her milestone day approached, Tina reached out to the coordinator of Samaritan Center donations to see what was most needed. At the time, the item was canned fruit. All right, then - how much? Requesting that the congregation collect 50 cans of fruit was clearly not much of a challenge. So she set quite an ambitious hope before the church - the donation of 1968 cans to this worthy cause. She made the year of her birth the goal and turned March into Canned Fruit Month!
Members really pitched in, extended the donation deadline, and in the end had collected 1,857 cans. What a creative project and terrific accomplishment!
Thanks to Pastor Tim Wessley for this information and photo.