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Churches Hold Butterfly Release to Help Local Backpack Program

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FAIRMONT -

Members of three separate churches gathered together on Sunday to all support a good cause.

The Pastor of the Colfax, Levels, and Walnut Grove United Methodist churches organized a butterfly release to benefit the East Dale School Honey Bags program.

"There are 45 children at East Dale School who go home on Friday with nothing to eat until Monday when they get back to school lunch without the backpack program. I had read somewhere about releasing butterflies and so I got the information for it and we decided we would release butterflies," explained Pastor Jim Zinn, the pastor for Colfax, Levels, and Walnut Grove United Methodist Churches.

Church and community members bought butterflies in honor or memory of someone, and at $10 a piece it ended up making quite a bit of money.

"As of today at this moment we have raised $1,830. We will be releasing 100 butterflies today," Zinn said.

One of the organizers of the honey bags program said it costs about $100 to feed a child in need for a whole year.

"It's right around $100 a year to adopt a child, and that takes care of their backpack and the food for a year and we try to send home a box at the end of the year with whatever funds and food that is left. This will take care of a large amount of our kids this year," said Barbara Weaver.

Hope Rogers is an 11-year-old who helps out with the Honey Bags program. She helps to put the bags together for her classmates in need.

"We put in mainly soups, cans of soup, juice boxes, applesauce, cereal, juices, and Special K Bars. My mom said, 'hey do you want to come help pack?' so we went and we've kept coming back after that," said Rogers.

Weaver said the backpacks have food that will cover both breakfast and lunch for a two day weekend.

Zinn said his churches participate in many programs to help the community all year round.

With school starting in many areas, backpack programs are looking for funds to help buy food, including Preston County.