LYNDONVILLE - Just weeks before boarding a plane to Guatemala, The Lyndonville United Methodist Church is gearing up for their largest fundraiser of the year.
Saturday night, members of the Guatemala project will be cooking up spaghetti at the church for their third annual all you can eat Spaghetti Supper. The dinner, which is no cost to attend, will provide an opportunity for the group of 27 people who are making the trip to gather a range of donations.
"The spaghetti supper is a big chance for us to raise some money for ground expenses, luggage expenses, and travel expenses to put towards the trip," says the Guatemala team leader Dan Thompson.
Beyond just monetary donations, the team will also be looking for toys and clothes to bring with them to the orphanage, Shadow of His Wings, where they will volunteer from February 24th to March 6th. This trip marks the sixth year that the church has taken a group to Guatemala and the third year they have hosted the spaghetti supper to fundraise money.
Last year 130 people attended the event, and although the spaghetti may taste good, Pastor Jim Proctor says that the people come for so much more.
"They're not here for spaghetti. They're here because they know that they're helping us be part of the team that goes to Guatemala and care for these kids. It's not about the spaghetti, it's about doing God's work."
The group is hoping for a large attendance at this year's event as well with their goal set at 200 people, but Thompson says the number of people doesn't really matter.
"We have plenty of food and plenty of help and we will stay and feed everybody that comes until everyone is full."
The spaghetti supper will take place Saturdaya at 5pm at The Lyndonville United Methodist Church.