USA (MNN) — Love Packages has completed their new warehouse with only minor details to finish. It is already two-thirds full of literature to be packaged and sent overseas.
Until now, they had hit a plateau of sending 800 tons of literature each year. "Our goal for 2008 is at least 1,000 to 1,200 tons. So we're hoping to be able to just have the space to work the materials without the volunteers running into each other just because of the lack of space," said Debbie Wright of Love Packages.
In order to accomplish this goal, they need more volunteers. They are looking for volunteers who live relatively close to the ministry, who would be willing to dedicate time from once a week to once a month to help sort and package literature for each container. With all the donations already received, there are about 5 weeks of back-logged sorting to do.
With the new warehouse, filled boxes can be placed in the old warehouse until shipping time. This cuts down on the need for rearranging and handling filled containers to create space in an overcrowded warehouse.
"It's all been God's timing. Already this year we have 38 requests for containers for 2008," said Wright. Each container weighs 20 tons.
"Each container has over a million pieces of literature, and we figure each piece will be read at least by 20 people. So that, by itself, would be 20 million," said Wright.
Heating is the next step for finishing the warehouse entirely. A woodstove will be constructed outside that will heat the connected new and old warehouse.