Most churches participate in weekly food drives for their local Food Pantry. Sometimes it is difficult to keep the congregation's interest in donating week after week. Today Will Smama offers a creative solution to this dilemma, and sent a picture to show that the tuna buckets are indeed overflowing at The Tuna Fish Church. Here's her report:
"The local food bank in our area has asked every church to commit to a specific need. For instance, we are a tuna fish church. They have found that they get a lot more food and other items this way than with just a general plea.
I know many in our congregation take this very seriously and have committed to buying a can of tuna any time they go into a store. That includes convenience stores to buy gas. They buy one can every time no matter what store they go into. I do know of one woman who keeps a tally in her head so that she can buy it all at once rather than paying almost $4 for a can of
tuna at the convenience store!
We also keep track of our tuna collection in the bulletin every Sunday so folks can see our progress. It is included in the 'Stewardship Report' box that also includes the giving for the previous week. It says what that month's tuna goal is and then it reports how much has been collected to date. When we started doing this we noticed a major increase in tuna donations especially as the deadline approached. I guess it captured people's competitive spirit.
Folks leave their tuna in the back of the church in decorated buckets. They can also leave money in the buckets and a member of the Mission Committee uses that to buy more tuna fish.
One other note, we had our choice whether we wanted to be the tuna fish church or the feminine hygiene product church... I just couldn't figure out how to advertise that second one so we chose the former! "
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