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Shawnee artist raises money for Emmanuel Episcopal Church meal plan

Elisabeth Slay
The Shawnee News-Star
Emmanuel Episcopal Church attendees John Williams and Jeanni Pruitt packing lunches for the church's free meal program.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church attendees John Williams and Jeanni Pruitt packing lunches for the church's free meal program.

Through a work of art entitled "Unknown 'Girls,' Harriet" local artist LeAnne Henry Wright helped raise $500 for the Emmanuel Episcopal Church daily sack lunch program.

According to Henry Wright, she began creating her art piece about a month ago and posted her progress on social media.

"I didn’t post the final picture of it finished, then challenged the community if they really wanted to see it, along with a video of me doing the last steps, they’d needed to contribute to my GoFundMe to raise money to feed the local hungry citizens of our community," Henry Wright said.

The artist said her initial goal was to feed 100 people and in 24 hours she raised $500.

"That was enough to purchase double the goal (which is) 222 sack lunches through the daily sack lunch program at Emmanuel Episcopal Church," Henry Wright said. "They hand out 60-70 lunches each week day just across the street from Shawnee Splash."

According to volunteer coordinator Jeanni Pruitt, the Emmanual Episcopal Sack Lunch Program is a community outreach program of the church that exist to reach the underserved.

"The program distributes lunches Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 at the window off the Porch House deck. On average we serve 300 sack lunches a week. We also provide hygiene supplies to our participants as well that are donated by local dentist and members of our congregation," Pruitt said.

Pruitt said the program is a budgeted program supported by the congregation of Emmanual and over this past year it has been supported by United Presbyterian Church of Shawnee, the Community Market and Mission Shawnee.

“All of the people who prepare the sack lunches and work the window weekly are volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in the lives in the community they live in.”

Jeanni Pruitt, Volunteer Coordinator of Emmanual Sack Lunch Program

Henry Wright said as a token of her appreciation she hung her finished piece at the Coffee and Crafts where it remained for about a day before the artists gave the piece to a community member who originally commissioned the piece.