Grace Students, Staff Help Raise Thousands for Neighbors in Need

Students at supermarket sweep

Monday, November 12

Nov. 7 marked the ninth-annual Supermarket Sweep at Owen’s Market in Warsaw.  From 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Grace students, faculty and staff, Mission Point Community Church families, staff, small groups, and youth group, and the community at large worked together to purchase food and baby products for local families in need.

Growth Group leader Mischelle Murillo gathers her group to make a strategy.

The annual service project organized by SERVE – the student-led ministry club at Grace – involves a strong commitment from Grace College students.  According to Kearstin Criswell, director of student involvement, Grace students spent about $7,000 of their own money plus another $4,000 they earned in gift cards which were donated by community sponsors.  

“Students really look forward to this event all year.  The gameshow-type competition we have for earning gift cards is a ton of fun and helps us purchase more food and products for the people that need them,” said Criswell.  “Mission Point and our generous community make the event successful year after year.”

Grace students consider their purchases for community members in need.

The ninth-annual Supermarket Sweep raised $23,193 in non-perishable food and baby products.  These purchases were donated to The Salvation Army, Combined Community Services, Heartline Pregnancy Center and Our Father’s House.  

WNDU (NBC-South Bend) was there live to report on the event.  To view the clip, click here.