Can kids work at Million Meals for Haiti?

Can kids work at Million Meals for Haiti?

If you're been wondering whether young children can volunteer at the Million Meals for Haiti event this weekend, the answer is yes.

Volunteer coordinator Jerry Geren said children under age 8 don't need to register but are welcome to help out. Parents can bring little ones along to work with them at the packing tables. Anywhere from 8 to 14 people will be assigned to each table, not counting children under 8, he said.

If they get tired before the two-hour shift is up, they can take a break or even quit early, Geren said.

"We won't be counting on them in the production scheme," he said.

More than 4,600 people had volunteered by midafternoon Friday, and Geren hoped to reach the 5,000 threshold by the end of the day.

"If we can get close, I definitely think we can package a million meals," he said.

There's still time to sign up for the event, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Phone registration was to close at 4 p.m. Friday, but online registration will continue until 12 hours before each shift starts. Some walk-up registration will be available for Saturday afternoon shifts.

For information: Visit or call Millions Meals hot line, 398-0428.

Coming in Saturday's News-Gazette: Story about a fifth-grade class with a special reason to volunteer at this weekend's event.

Photo: Ron Streitmatter of Champaign, right , and John Williamson of Mahomet help set up tables Thursday for the .Million Meals for Haiti in the former Hobby Lobby building on Glenn Park Dr ive in Champaign.

Robert K. O'Daniell/The News-Gazette


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