This month, a local community movement called South Delta Local has started the South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest. Local bakeries and coffee shops from all over South Delta are taking part in this event by creating a signature hot chocolate drink or pastry that customers can order for a limited time only. South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest began on February 14th and runs until March 7th.
You might be reading this and thinking, "Why is Mary talking about a hot chocolate fest? I thought she was going to talk about Starfish!" Well, talking about the South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest IS talking about our Starfish Pack program, since one dollar from every signature hot chocolate or hot chocolate pastry sold is going to Starfish Pack South Delta!
One of the organizers had contacted me to learn more about Starfish Pack and expressed interest in supporting us through this hot chocolate event. I was so excited to hear this because, not only does that mean support for Starfish financially, but it also means that our community is aware of and cares about the South Delta Starfish Pack program.
Starfish is currently serving approximately 30 students each week. We are at six elementary schools and both of our local high schools; and numbers continue to grow. There is a definite need for this program, and each week we have an amazing team of volunteers that pack and deliver the packs to make this program possible. I think about how we began Starfish Pack two years ago with one school, spreading the word about this program as best we could, and I marvel at how God has blessed us with such amazing volunteers and community support. This has allowed us to grow and to continue to reach students and families who need this program.
I hope that reading this has encouraged you as it encouraged me when I heard about the support from this local community event. May we continue to love and serve our community and give all the glory to God, from whom all blessings flow. If you need something fun to do this weekend -- maybe go grab a hot chocolate! You can click here to see what local cafes and bakeries are participating in this event.