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Feeding the world’s poorest children

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

Maltby MealsCourtesy Photo. Volunteers for Children of the Nations celebrated last year in Maltby after assembling 32,000 meals in less than two hours for donation to orphaned and destitute children in some of the world’s poorest countries. The group is seeking $10,000 in donations this year so they can provide 40,000 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents.Raising children who transform nations — that is the vision of Silverdale-based Children of the Nations (COTN), a nonprofit whose goal is to help orphaned and destitute children.

Last year, with $8,000 in donations to COTN, the nonprofit was able set up a group of volunteers in Maltby with enough food to package  32,000 meals for children in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone and Malawi. Each meal costs 25 cents.

This year, the group wants to try to assemble 40,000 meals, but to do so it needs to receive $10,000 in donations. "One hundred percent of the donations goes to getting the supplies, packaging the meals and shipping them to the children," wrote Amy Hebert, the event coordinator for this year’s effort in Maltby, in an email.

The Maltby Meal Marathon will be on December 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maltby Christian Assembly, 9322 Paradise Lake Rd., Snohomish.

The church has generously donated space for assembling the meals. Last year, over 100 volunteers were able to assemble the 32,000 meals in about 1.5 hours, according to Hebert. 

To make a donation for the Maltby event, visit cotni.org/project/123693. Enter "MMM" for the Event Code and "Maltby" for the Event Location. Donations can also be mailed to Children of the Nations, P.O. Box 3970, Silverdale, WA 98383.

For information on volunteering for the Maltby Meal Marathon, contact Amy Hebert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All donations are tax deductible. Donation deadline is December 15, 2013.

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