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Our View: You can make a difference

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

There is power in numbers, and that was on display Sunday at McHenry High School’s West Campus.

Ten local churches put together a food drive as part of Christ Together, an organization founded in Lake County in 2000 as a way to combine forces for the greater good.

The churches collected about 11,500 pounds of food Sunday – far exceeding the 10,000-pounds goal and beating last year’s total of nearly 7,200 pounds. The food will be delivered through the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which has partnerships with area food pantries.

The churches that participated in the event included The Chapel in McHenry, Community of Faith Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Lifespring Community Church in Spring Grove, Light House Church in McHenry, Fellowship of Faith Lutheran Church in McHenry, Meadowland Church in Johnsburg, Maranatha Assembly of God in McHenry, McHenry Evangelical Free Church of McHenry, Spring Grove Bible Fellowship in Spring Grove and The Orchard Church in McHenry.

“So many times churches are like silos among themselves and almost see each other as competition for trying to get people to come in,” said volunteer organizer Jim Van Peursem, who attends The Chapel. “We’re trying to get churches to work together, to impact the community and build up trust. We’re all a part of the same body, worshiping the same God.”

We offer congratulations to the churches, church members, volunteers and donors who played a role in this successful event. The outpouring of support speaks volumes to the generosity that exists in McHenry County.

Fortunately, Sunday’s food drive was one of many opportunities for local residents to make a difference. As the weather heats up, the number of events geared at supporting those less fortunate or organizations that provide for those in need increases.

Whether it is a food drive or a fun run, we encourage McHenry County residents to get involved and support the many great causes in our communities.

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