January 21, 2010

Tenth Annual Pasty Project is Jan. 28-29

Lenawee County’s Great Pasty Project turns 10-years-old this month, and organizers are looking for help to make the Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County fundraiser successful.

The meat pies will be made Jan. 28-29 at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 1245 W. Maple Avenue in Adrian. The project has become the local Habitat chapter’s longest-running construction project. More than 4,750 pasties were made last year, and this year’s tentative goal is 5,000.

“We’re doing well with volunteers, but we’re nervous about sales,” Norm Glasser, project coordinator, said. “We really want people to call in their orders.”

Donated ingredients are one of the ways people can help build the handmade, crescent-shaped pies. More than 1,400 pounds of ground beef are included, although vegetarian pasties are available. Other ingredients needed are 1,300 pounds of potatoes, 1,100 pounds of flour, 500 pounds of onions, 550 pounds of shortening, 500 pounds of carrots, 80 pounds of butter and 130 pounds of rutabagas.

Financial contributions also are typically needed to cover the cost of some supplies. Donations can be sent to the Habitat office at 1205 E. Beecher St. in Adrian.

Volunteers making pasties usually work two-hour shifts, although some sign up for more than one shift. This year’s kitchen work is planned from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, and on Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until the pasties are complete. Participants are needed to wash, peel, mix, fill and package.

To sign up to help, volunteers should call Cindy Frownfelder at 517-265-3528. Along with individuals, organizers welcome help from churches, businesses, service clubs, college students, retirees and others.

Pasties are $5 each, and can be purchased in several ways. Buyers may pick them up at the work site on Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the following churches around the county: Adrian, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1245 W. Maple Ave.; Blissfield, First Presbyterian Church, 304 Franklin St.; Hudson, United Methodist Church, 420 W. Main St.,; Morenci, United Methodist Church, 111 E. Main St.; Tecumseh, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 506 N. Union St.

To order pasties, buyers have three options. They can phone Donna Case at 517-265-2210 or Mary Lou Balasz at 517-265-8213, they can order online at www.habitat-lenawee.org or www.habitat-lenawee.org/pastieorder/order.php or orders can be mailed to Case using order forms available at the Habitat for Humanity chapter office. Pasties may also be purchased for delivery to agencies that feed people in need.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization that partners with families needing shelter to build or rehabilitate homes. The local group has constructed 35 residences since it formed in 1989, providing economical homes for 150 people.