The Original Peanut Butter Drive
Sarah Jones (sitting, left) June Gilmore, Gene Woerner (standing), and Nancy Jones (sitting, right).
For a time in the mid-70’s, our Peanut Butter War was known as June Gilmore Peanut Butter Sunday. Four women from the church, led by June Gilmore, started an after-school program at the Ripley Arnold Housing Project, where the church fulfilled many needs. Women from the church’s Epworth Center (part of what is now our First Street Methodist Mission) met with the children from Ripley Arnold and encouraged them by leading activities and offering simple snacks. Working with Sarah Jones, Nancy Jones and Gene Woerner, June Gilmore had the idea to ask the entire congregation to contribute peanut butter on a designated Sunday, so that the Epworth Center could use it to prepare sandwiches to give to the children. June’s daughter, Libby Gilmore, shared these memories, reminding us of the original peanut butter campaign and proudly explained, “Of course many people worked at Epworth Center, but these four ladies were the driving force behind it all.”
Our Peanut Butter War, challenging Genesis UMC, continues every Sunday in February.
There are THREE ways you can help:
1. Bring your jars of peanut butter to the Welcome Center on Sundays during February — or to the First Street Mission Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
2. Make a cash donation at the Welcome Center on Sundays. (Eager, bargain-sniffing peanut butter shoppers are standing by!)
3. CLICK HERE to make your donation online.We’ll purchase and stack the peanut butter for you!