There are so many reasons to come out to ChristKindlFest which opens next week and runs December 4-7th in Barrington, but we’re narrowing it down to twelve in our 12 Days of ChristKindlFest Countdown. For reason number two, we’re putting the focus on the Merry Meals Project which you’ll find underway during ChristKindlFest.
Just like last year, students with Barrington High School’s Interact Club along with volunteers they enlist will be gathering in a tent at the fest that’s fully equipped with all of the supplies needed to package meals for families in Guatemala. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.
Their plan is to pack 10,000 meals which will be sent to families living in the communities surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Did you know there are over 13,000 people living in those garbage dump communities? Over half of them are children. The families have the daily struggle of scavenging through tons of trash to find food and materials to sell or build their homes.
Merry Meals is made possible in partnership with Kids Around the World, for the food packing part, and Potter’s House Association, an organization that works in the Guatemala garbage dump communities. If they reach their goal of packing 10,000 meals at ChristKindlFest, that’s enough food to provide 27 children with one nutritious and flavorful meal each day for a year!
Anyone can sign up to be a volunteer or sponsor for ChristKindlFest’s Merry Meals campaign. You can sign up online for volunteer hours on Thursday, December 4th, Friday, December 5th, Saturday, December 6th or Sunday, December 7th. If you can’t volunteer this year, you can still sponsor meals. For a donation of $2.50, you’ll sponsor 10 meals, $25 sponsors 100 meals and for $250, you can sponsor 1,000 meals to help feed hungry families.
Hosted by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club and the Barrington Village Association, ChristKindlFest runs from December 4th to 7th: Thursday 10 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to midnight, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fest will feature shopping at 20 Germanic chalets, kiddie rides, visits with Santa & reindeer PLUS international food, drink and non-stop live music & dancing inside a massive heated tent. (CLICK HERE for our Guide to ChristKindlFest, 2014)
You’ll find ChristKindlFest in the BMO Harris Bank parking lot at the corner of Cook and Station Streets in the heart of downtown Barrington. Walking distance to the Metra Train station, visitors can take the train or park in the station lot near Spring and Station Street. A free trolley will be running between Barrington retailers and ChristKindlFest on Saturday.