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Raffle to benefit Carry-On Bags; tickets available now

Aug 28, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Carry-On Bags is holding a raffle to raise funds for the program. The first prize is this quilt.

Carry-On Bags is currently selling tickets for a raffle drawing.

The drawing will be for a quilt or one of many other prizes.

First prize is a twin-size quilt, with a matching pillow, assembled by Kathy Tollenaere, Sue Long and Laurie La Van. Machine quilting was done at Quilter’s Paradise in Mt. Pleasant.

Second prize is two Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Artist Series tickets.

Third prize is a $50 gift card from Hy-Vee.

Fourth prize is a pair of shoes, up a $150 value, from Brown’s Shoe Fit.

The drawing also includes prizes from First National Bank, AJ’s Bicycle Shop, Hair Styles Unlimited, Kim’s Kottage, At Home Store, Iowa State Bank, Yummy’s, Revelations, Adela’s, MidWestOne Bank and Shelter Insurance.

A complete list of prizes can be found on Carry-On Bags Fundraiser Page, under Donate, at carryonbags.org.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to purchase food for students in the Carry-On Bags program.

Individual raffle tickets are $3 each; four tickets are $10 or 10 tickets are $20.

The raffle drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drugstore. Winners need not be present to win.

The quilt will be displayed and tickets will be sold at various locations between now and the time of the drawing. A list of locations can be found on the Carry-On Bags website.

For information on how to purchase a ticket, call La Van at 472-2690, email carryonbags52556@gmail.com or write to Carry-On Bags, PO Box 1041, Fairfield 52556.

Carry-On Bags is a nonprofit organization that was formed to address the problem of food insecurity for preschool through 12th-grade students in Jefferson County. COB offers bags with snacks and simple meals that allow children to “carry on” without school meals over weekends and during school breaks. The bags are offered to all students in the Fairfield Community School District and Maharishi School. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Food insecurity is the lack of access or availability of adequate food, at times, for household members, or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Often there are trade-offs for other basic needs such as housing costs, monthly bills and seasonal fuel for heating.” In Jefferson County, 13.3 percent of the overall population and 18.9 percent of the children are food insecure. This amounts to approximately 610 children. Carry-On Bags distributes bags of food in Jefferson County schools on Friday and before school breaks to students signed up for the program.

This will be the fourth year that the program has been a part of the community.

Any group that would like to hear more about Carry-On Bags and the quilt raffle can email Mark Thornton at carryonbags52556@gmail.com for a representative to come and speak.

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