The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

August 5, 2013

Trinity United Methodist Church Child Care sale raises funds for African orphans

MAHONING TWP. — Kathryn Mercurio saw signs directing her to a lemonade stand.

She followed the signs, drove to Trinity United Methodist Church, at 306 Lombard Ave., and bought two cups of lemonade. “I happened here by accident,” said Mercurio who lives near Elysburg.

Youngsters manning the stand thanked her. They are raising money for the Zimbabwe Orphan Empowerment Project by selling lemonade for 25 cents and baked goods for a donation.

They helped make baked goods at home and baked some at the Trinity Childcare Program.

The kids used some of the zucchini they are growing in the church garden for zucchini bread.

They will again sell lemonade, brownies, muffins and other baked goods to benefit the African orphans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the church.

This is the third year they have held the fundraiser, said Cathy Zsworthy, program director. Last year, they made $200 to send to the orphans project.

On Friday, 10 children, ranging from 5 to 11, sold drinks and baked items.

“The orphan empowerment project teaches the children trades and self-sufficiency to provide for themselves to help others,” said teacher’s aide Liz Perkins, who was working with Levi Seybert, another teacher’s aide.

About 40 children from the child care, from preschool to school-age, have been helping with the church garden project where they planted peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes. The kids have been eating cut-up cucumbers as snacks.

“The orphans are taught to raise their own vegetables and it kind of all ties together,” Zsworthy said.

The kids planted, watered and helped harvest the vegetables in an enclosure made by Dick DiGiacomo. Darwn Ditty also helps care for the garden. They are both church trustees. This is the third year for the garden at the church.

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