Empty Tomb still needs hundreds of volunteers
CHAMPAIGN — Empty Tomb, the Christian service organization, says it still needs nearly 1,000 church people to sign up to build clothes cupboards for needy children.
The deadline to sign up is Feb. 19, says Shannon Cook, Empty Tomb coordinator.
The organization hopes to build 400 cupboards in one morning on March 2 and has called for 1,300 volunteers through area Christian churches.
Empty Tomb doesn't accept volunteers who don't attend or belong to a Christian church.
Cook said about 320 church people representing 71 churches have registered to help, and requests are in for 294 of the cupboards.
Families in need of the cupboards can come in person to Empty Tomb at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., and it's best to show up five minutes before the hour, Cook said. Bring verification that the child to receive the cupboard belongs to an income-eligible family and belongs to you, she said.
The cupboards are 51 inches tall, about 31 inches wide and 16 inches deep.
Because of the amount of planning needed to coordinate the event, walk-in help can't be accepted, Cook said. People planning to volunteer to build cupboards must register in advance.
Volunteers are asked to contact their churches and also obtain money donations to support their labor for the day. Money raised will help support Empty Tomb's financial stability, Cook said.
Registration can also be done online at http://www.emptytomb.org, she said.