This spring marks the third year that Grant Dyck and his family of Artel Farms in Niverville, Man., have dedicated a section of their land to raise sponsored crops for overseas relief. Planting has not yet begun, but, with plenty of summer yet ahead, 175 shares and counting have been purchased in the Grow Hope project that is overseen in the province by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba. That is already more than last year’s final count.
Through Grace Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, caring contributors of all ages are reminding Canadians that a little can go a long way towards helping those in need. Every Lent, the church organizes a donation project its littlest members can get behind; this year it’s a coin drive. Children’s church participants collect coins throughout the week in a jar labelled just for them, and bring them along on Sundays to pool with those of the other children. Grace Mennonite’s goal is ambitious: 1,500 jangling, spare-change loonies by Easter. After government matching, that would be more than $12,000 worth of sponsored land.