Hope Christian Academy students rally to feed community

A vibrant carnival fundraiser results in an incredible donation of 1,469 pounds of nonperishable food items and over $650 in funds for the AMEN Food Pantry, providing vital support to those in need.

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Students from Wendy Timmerman's second-grade class donate over a thousand pounds of food and $650 to AMEN Food Pantry to help serve their community on Friday, May 19.
Contributed / Wendy Timmerman

DICKINSON — In a heartwarming display of compassion and community spirit, students at Hope Christian Academy in Dickinson came together to organize a vibrant carnival fundraiser, resulting in an astounding donation of 1,469 pounds of nonperishable food items and over $650 in funds for the AMEN Food Pantry on Friday, May, 19th.

Spearheaded by Wendy Timmerman's second-grade class, the initiative managed to collect an impressive 1,469 pounds of nonperishable food items and raised over $650.

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A second-grade student loads up a cart full of food donations to be placed on the shelves at AMEN Food Pantry.
Contributed / Wendy Timmerman

As the school year approached its end, Timmerman's second-grade class embarked on a mission to find a meaningful service project within their community. After much contemplation and prayer, they decided on hosting a vibrant carnival in the school gymnasium to raise funds and gather food donations for the pantry.

The gymnasium was transformed into a whimsical carnival atmosphere, featuring an array of classic games, craft stations, and a mouthwatering bake sale. Homemade delights like peanut butter cookies and elaborately decorated marshmallow treats delighted attendees, adding to the festive atmosphere.

However, Timmerman's class did not limit their efforts to the carnival alone. They rallied the entire Pre-K through 12th-grade student body to contribute nonperishable food items for the cause, encouraging a sense of communal giving.


Hope Christian Academy further expanded its reach by partnering with the Evangelical Bible Church congregation and engaging additional members of the community. Together, they maximized the impact of their donations, fostering a true spirit of unity.

Following a three-week donation period, the second graders proudly delivered an astounding 1,469 pounds of food to the AMEN Food Pantry, significantly replenishing the shelves that serve the local community in Dickinson. For over 35 years, the pantry has been a lifeline for those in need, relying on the support of community donations to fulfill its mission.

Wendy Timmerman, the guiding force behind this compassionate endeavor, expressed her deep gratitude and awe at the faith and innocence displayed by her students. Witnessing their unwavering belief in the power of prayer and their trust in Jesus Christ has been a privilege for Timmerman.

“I have been so blessed to witness the childlike faith of these young people. They sincerely believe in the power of prayer, and I have learned so much from their innocent examples of complete trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to answer prayer,” Timmerman said.

Timmerman felt that indeed, God did answer their prayers and provided far beyond what they imagined.

Students from Hope Christian Academy help unload the 1,469 pounds of nonperishable food items they helped to raise over a three week period.
Contributed / Wendy Timmerman

Allison is a news reporter from Phoenix, Arizona where she earned a degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. After college, she worked as a middle school writing teacher in the valley. She has made her way around the U.S. driving from Arizona to Minnesota and eventually finding herself here in Dickinson. She has a passion for storytelling and enjoys covering community news.
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