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Sunday School teacher extraordinaire challenges children to goal save lives


Alice Collins, Hope UMC in Belchertown, MA
May 7th, 2015

In the 2012-2013 school year the Sunday School raised $1,000 for Imagine No Malaria.  Shortly after our Sunday School end of year celebration George Button, Certified Lay Minister and Youth Sunday School teacher, told me that if the Sunday School could double their contribution in the next year, raising $2,000 for INM, he would shave his beard and his head!

We accepted his challenge and the fundraising began!  The children and youth had bake sales and made Christmas ornaments for the Holiday bazaar and congregation.  We offered alternative gift cards in honor of someone for donations of at least $10.  During the winter, George's youth class held a penny drive and the pennies just kept coming and coming. 

In the spring, our Christian Education committee organized a Soup Fest.  Members donated a crock pot of their favorite homemade soup, stew, chowder or chili and each ticket holders sampled as many types of soup as they wanted until they were full!  These events, along with some generous contributions from our congregation brought us over our goal just a few weeks before the end of the Sunday School year.

On June 1, in addition to celebrating our Sunday School, we held a ceremonial head shaving after worship.  George shaved off the beard that he had had for many years during the week leading up to the shaving.  People liked the way he looked with just a mustache so much that they began giving him money to keep the mustache!  On Sunday morning, George announced that he had little bags and that for a $5 donation anyone could have their own lock of his hair as a souvenir.  By the end of the shaving Sunday we had raised another $91 for Imagine No Malaria.....and had great  fun in the process!