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posted: 5/9/2012 2:32 PM

Lake County event to pack meals for needy children in developing countries

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An estimated 500 Lake County volunteers will pack 100,000 lifesaving meals for children in developing countries on Saturday, May 12, at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest.

A collaboration between Lindemann Chimney Co. of Lake Bluff, East Lake Academy and Feed My Starving Children will help ease famine.

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Volunteers will come from the community, churches, Scouts and other groups for two-hour shifts.

After 15 minutes of training, they'll place fortified soy, rice and vegetable meals into thousands of resealable plastic packages. Packages will fill cartons, cartons be sealed and palletized, and everything readied for shipment to Asia, Africa or Latin America.

"Lindemann Chimney Co. is proud to manage this event and provide employees, leadership and $19,000 funding," said president Rob Lindemann. "We're grateful to live in a region of plenty and thankful to prepare 100,000 meals that restore malnourished children to health."

Some volunteer positions are available for shifts beginning 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 3:30 p.m. The site is East Lake Academy, 13911 West Laurel Drive in Lake Forest.

To volunteer or donate, go to www.fmsc.org, click on "Mobile Pack" "Mobile Pack Events" then scroll to "Illinois" and "Lake Bluff -- Lindemann Chimney" and click on "Get Involved."

Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to nourishing hungry children in 70 countries.

Founded in 1987, they now supply 133 million meals a year to orphanages, clinics, schools and feeding programs from permanent U.S. sites and from mobile sites staffed by 565,000 volunteers.

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