Spokane Valley Church Holiday Fundraiser Returns | Religion

SPOKANE – Valley Real Life Church’s annual Joy to the World fundraiser has raised over $ 750,000 for local and global causes since its inception in 2015.

Now church leaders are hoping this is the year that they cross the million dollar mark.

The Spokane Valley Church’s latest Joy to the World campaign, Project H20, was launched the weekend before Thanksgiving with the goal of raising at least $ 250,000 for the construction of Uganda’s wells and a station. water filling in the Philippines. The campaign will run until the end of the year.

The project aims to raise enough for 28 wells and a water filling station. Each well, costing $ 6,000 to construct, will provide clean drinking water to more than 6,000 people daily, according to Valley Real Life.

“We need help to realize the dream of providing the support these communities need most,” said Valley Real Life pastor Steve Allen. “For every dollar raised, a life will be changed forever. “

Last year, Valley Real Life raised $ 305,000 to relieve millions of dollars in medical debt owed by families in the Northwest.

Last week Allen said the church was almost halfway to the $ 250,000 goal set with Project H20.

“It’s amazing. We haven’t even made our big push yet,” said Allen, who noted that the church’s big push often comes around the Christmas season.

Allen said he and other church members decided on the cause of the H20 Project through a partnership that Valley Real Life had with Ronald Kizito, pastor of Living Spring Church in Fort Portal, Uganda.

Valley Real Life has worked with Living Spring for nearly a decade on various community development efforts, such as building homes and purchasing land for crops, he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 884 million people around the world lack basic drinking water services.

While the H20 project has a more mundane focus, the majority of Valley Real Life’s past campaigns have involved more of a local component, Allen said.

With Joy to the World, Allen said members of the church community are designing campaigns around critical needs that the church believes “we can really make a dent in.”

“We see the need all over the world,” he said. “We want to be able to help the people in our garden, but we also have several partnerships around the world with people we trust who have needs, so we try to find not one process either / or, but a two / and. “

For more information or to donate, visit the church’s website at vrl.church/joytotheworld.

Jerry B. Hatch