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January 7, 2020

At the Jan. 7th meeting of A Blessing, Inc. Board of Directors, the Board recognized Ken Smithwick who has served as Treasurer since 2016. Ken is retiring from the board to focus on his volunteer work with the Cypress Creek Civitans. The Board is grateful to Ken for all his hard work and he is wished much success with his future endeavors.

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January 4, 2020

A Blessing, Inc. is actively seeking members of the community to help with our annual fundraiser, the Bunn Fun Run, which is scheduled for May 2, 2020.
If you would like to help plan, organize, get sponsors and help on race day, we encourage you to volunteer. We meet in Jan., Feb., March and April to plan and organize. We work continuously to get sponsors. Closer to race day we assign race bib numbers and stuff race-day bags. If you are interested to make some new friends and help out, please contact Janice: janice.ishikawa@gmail.com
Thank you!

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November 7, 2019

A Blessing, Inc. is actively seeking new Board Members. If you are energetic and excited to work for your community, we invite you to consider working on the board which oversees A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen. We need people who are excited about helping others. We need people who are excited about helping with our major fundraiser, the Bunn Fun Run. We need people who love to work with other people and make a positive contribution to our community. If you are that person, please check our “About” tab for the Board Member Application form and fill it out and send it in. Please note that you do not have to be applying for a leadership position like Treasurer or Vice President. You can apply to simply be a member of the Board. Just note that on the form.
Note: every applicant must pass a criminal background check. Thank you for your consideration!

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June 27, 2019

Thank you to the Jr. Civitans who volunteered at A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen today. We are so proud of these teens for getting involved in their community and for all the good work they do. Thank you!

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BUNN FUN RUN – 2019

We congratulate Bunn Elementary School’s Running Club who helped their school win “Team With The Most Participants” with 32 participants AND raised over 700 cans of food for A Blessing, Inc. food pantry! Thank you to Celene Sym (Elementary Teacher) who leads the Running Club and helps the team prepare for the race. This is dedication at its best! Thank you Bunn Elementary School!

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April 13, 2019 – 9th Annual BUNN FUN RUN

The Bunn Fun Run day started out rainy but our prayers were answered when the rain stopped just before the beginning of the 5K race and the rain did not return until we were packed up and ready to leave! What a blessing! This made for a comfortable race.
This race is the primary fundraiser for A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen. A Blessing, Inc. would like to say thank you to all the racers who came out and made this race a success and thank you for the canned goods for our food pantry! Thank you to all our Corporate Gold and Feed For A Week Sponsors. We thank you so much for your support! Thank you to all the volunteers who worked before and during the race to make the day a great success. Thank you to Bunn High School for the use of your track and to the town of Bunn for your assistance with the race. Thank you everyone! We look forward to seeing you next year!

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March 30, 2019 – Serving Team Appreciation Luncheon

A Blessing, Inc. hosted a luncheon to say THANK YOU to all the Serving Teams who use their time and talents to provide wonderful meals to our guests at the soup kitchen. Each team had the opportunity to meet other teams who serve at the soup kitchen. It was a fun time of getting to know one another. The food was great as well as the fellowship. A Certificate of Appreciation was given to each serving team member. Door prizes were won by a drawing. A Blessing, Inc. is proud to honor every single Serving Team Member because they are truly the ones who make everything happen. We sincerely thank you for your service.

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February 3, 2019

Thank you to Wake Forest Baptist Church whose “Souper Bowl Sunday” canned food drive raised over 4,000 cans of food!! This drive benefits Tri-Area Ministries in Wake Forest and our very own food pantry at A Blessing, Inc. in Bunn. Thank you Wake Forest Baptist Church!

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A Blessing, Inc. would like to thank Guy Howes at Howes Your Pizza for his years of service at the soup kitchen.  We have always been able to count on wonderful pizza, salad and dessert on any 5th Thursday in a month.  Thank you, Guy!  We truly appreciate all that you have done.  We wish you best of luck in your new endeavors.

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August 23, 2018

Thank you to local Girl Scout Troop Number 1111 for the many boxes of cookies they donated to the soup kitchen guests today.

Who can resist Girl Scout cookies? Our guests enjoyed the special treat.

Thank you for thinking of and sharing the cookies with A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen!

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August 16, 2018

Bar-b-q Chicken!

Thank you so much to First Fruits Farm for donating chickens to A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen. (The chickens were raised on their farm.)

Also, a big thank you to David Greenwell, Forks Cafeteria, for preparing and turning those chickens into a wonderful bar-b-q chicken meal which was served to our guests by Poplar Springs Baptist Church. It was an exceptional meal.
Thank you so much!

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NC Cooperative Extension visit – June 14, 2018

A big thank you to Jessica Kearney with the NC Cooperative Extension who came out to A Blessing, Inc. soup kitchen last Thursday, June 14, 2018, to give a presentation on how to make a quick stir fry using fresh veggies and rice. The samples were enjoyed by all. Thank you, Jessica!

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NEWS RELEASE:

A Blessing, Inc. Soup Kitchen Installs New Range/Oven

May 22, 2018

A Blessing, Inc. has installed a new range/oven in the soup kitchen located at 583 Bunn Elementary School Road, Bunn, NC. The range/oven was made possible by a grant awarded from the Jandy Ammons Foundation, Raleigh, NC.

A Blessing, Inc. is a soup kitchen in Bunn that has been serving meals every Thursday from 11:30 – 12:30 since 2010. They offer a meal to anyone with a need for a healthy, nutritious meal each week.

The Jandy Ammons Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations, municipalities or Christian church groups where a significant volunteer base can be demonstrated to help implement project-driven initiatives. Their primary purpose is to encourage specific capital projects for local communities.

A Blessing, Inc. filed an initial proposal in spring, 2017, and was invited to submit a full proposal for their project by Sept. 2017. Later, in Nov., 2017, A Blessing, Inc. was notified they would receive the grant. In early 2018, the work started to finalize quotations for the range, electrical work, etc. and finally the new range was installed in May, 2018.

The new range/oven will be a huge help to the serving teams. Until now, they only had a small cooktop and wall oven. Now they have plenty of oven space and larger heating elements on the range.

A Blessing, Inc. expresses their sincere appreciation to the Jandy Ammons Foundation for making this possible for the soup kitchen.

Find out more about the Jandy Ammons Foundation at: http://www.thejandyammonsfoundation.org/

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BUNN FUN RUN – 2018

The Bunn Fun Run held on May 5, 2018, was a great success! We had 138 participants, the weather was great, and there was a dinosaur sighting!!   A big thank you to Dr. Cletus Simpson and his team who organized the event and to all the volunteers who helped.  Congratulations to all the winners in each age group event and to these overall winners:
5K:
1st Place: #377, Bernard King (Time: 18:33)
2nd Place: #268, Ben Aston (Time: 19:55)
3rd Place: #327, Daryl Lee (Time: 21:05)
4th Place: #375, Chris Eschback (Time: 21:17)

1 Mile:
1st Place, Male: #314, Andrew Hines (Time 7:48)
1st Place, Female: #370, Haley Wilkins (Time: 7:50)

Kids Dash:
1st Place: Noah Brooks
2nd Place: Sally Ishikawa
3rd Place: Mallie Pearce

Team with Most Participants:
Winner: East Wake Academy with 43 participants

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Bunn Fun Run
May 5, 2018
We challenge you or your church, school, club or group to get a team together to participate in the annual Bunn Fun Run.
The Fun Run is a 5K (3.1 miles). There will also be a 1 Mile run (or walk) and a Kids Dash.
All proceeds go to A Blessing, Inc. Soup Kitchen. This soup kitchen serves a hot meal every Thursday and feeds an average of 52 people each week.

Register online by APRIL 18, 2018, at http://www.runtheeast.com (All race details are located at this website.)

5K – $30 + $3 sign-up fee / person…Race starts: 9:00 a.m.
1M – $30 + $3 sign-up fee / person…..Race starts: 9:45 a.m.
Kids Dash – $20 + $3 sign-up fee /person,Race starts: 10:00 a.m.

Prizes awarded to top finishers in each category and to the TEAM with the largest number of participants.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bunn Fun Run!!

We are also seeking Sponsors for the Fun Run.
Corporate Gold = $500
Feed For A Week = $177

For more info or Sponsor Help: call 252-478-4094 or email Janice.ishikawa@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you at the Bunn Fun Run! Welcome to All.

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February 9, 2018:
A big THANK YOU to Wake Forest Baptist Church for their Souper Sunday canned food drive which is a huge blessing to the soup kitchen. Thanks also to Bunn High School and Rock Creek Baptist Church for their recent canned food drives as well. We are thankful to have such great community support.

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December, 2017:
GREAT NEWS! Earlier in 2017, A Blessing, Inc. applied for a grant for funds to purchase a new range/oven for the soup kitchen and we have been notified that we have been awarded the grant!! The new range/oven will be a wonderful help to our Serving Teams. Thank you to the Jandy Ammons Foundation!!

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On July 21, 2017, A Blessing, Inc. received a gift of tomatoes from Vollmer Farm! Russ Vollmer donated 16 bins of his wonderful tomatoes to the soup kitchen. We quickly came up with a team of volunteers from our serving teams to process the tomatoes for freezing. Bunn Baptist Church very kindly volunteered the use of their kitchen for this project. After a full day of boiling, peeling, slicing and packaging, we ended up with 50 each 1-gallon bags of tomatoes for freezing. These tomatoes will be used for creating spaghetti sauce and vegetable soup for serving at the soup kitchen.

Thank you Vollmer Farm for donating the tomatoes and thank you to Bunn Baptist Church for allowing A Blessing, Inc. to use your kitchen. Thank you to all the volunteers to helped process the tomatoes. You are the best!!

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APRIL 13, 2017

The Student Leadership Team from East Wake Academy visited A Blessing Soup Kitchen on April 13, 2017. This wonderful group of children helped clean up the grounds around the community center building and they led our guests in several rounds of bingo for prizes. The boys and girls also donned their serving gloves and helped serve food and drinks to all our guests. Then they helped to clear plates and clean up. Thanks to EWA and the Student Leadership Team! Please come and visit us again soon.

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