- North Georgia United Methodists joined with other volunteers to pack more than 18,500 sandwiches in five cities on Saturday, June 29.
- The effort — in partnership with United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church and Action Ministries — aimed to bag a Guinness World Record and feed some hungry kids. All five locations appear to have bested the record for making the most sandwiches in an hour, which has stood at 2,706.
- Volunteers in Lithonia, in the Atlanta metroplex, made 4,226 sandwiches; Athens volunteers made 3,814, and those who turned out in Rome made 4,000; the Gainesville group made 3,546, and the volunteers in Augusta made 2,988 sandwiches. Guinness will respond in four to six weeks to confirm whether a new record has been set.
- The sandwiches will be distributed by the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program that is trying to serve 200,000 healthy lunches to children in 20 Georgia cities this summer. More than 800,000 youngsters in Georgia qualify for free and reduced lunch during the school year. Many of them are hungry during summer.
- The Rev. Scott Parrish was tweeting from Marvin United Methodist Church in Augusta. Phil Schroeder tweeted from the Sam's Club in Lithonia. Andy Woodworth tweeted from Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome. Sybil Davidson and the North Georgia Conference kept up with Gainesville and Lithonia.
The groups started out with some words of cheer from John Wesley and other superheroes.
The power of social media.
The counts start coming in.