The Richmond Register

February 6, 2014

Chocolate strawberry sales to help fund trip

Eastside’s mission to Guatemala

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Fusion Student Ministries at Eastside Community Church, 2010 Catalpa Loop, is selling homemade chocolate-covered strawberries just in time for Valentine’s Day to fund its July trip to the Prince of Peace Home for Girls in San Cristobal, Guatemala.

A church member, known for her candy-making, will be dipping the strawberries herself, said Carla Perry, who is heading up the fundraiser.

A half-dozen can be ordered for $10 and a dozen for $16 (plus $2 for delivery, if applicable) through Monday.

The treats may be ordered at www.eastside-cc.com/strawberries or by calling Perry at 859-893-4757.

Over the years, several regional churches have made the mission trip to Guatemala, said Perry, a place riddled with poverty and government corruption.

Not only will the fundraiser help pay trip costs for the 24 who are going, money will be used to purchase and install a new stove for widows in a village on the mountain near Prince of Peace, she said.

A big portion of the money will pay for the needs of girls who live in the home.

At the home’s website, www.princeofpeacegt.com, the girls’ background clips reveal that many times, parents simply were unable to financially care for them. However, several of the residents’ pasts are marred by sexual abuse, physical abuse or abandonment.

Today, 53 percent of the 14.7 million Guatemalans live in severe poverty. Still suffering from the after-affects of war, 49.8 percent of the country’s children under age 5 suffer chronic malnutrition, according to the United Nations World Food Program.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmond register.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.