Recently, fifteen members and friends of the Chewelah United Church of Christ, along with five students from Jenkins High School, gathered to unload a shed full of newspapers. This project, which is one of many done by this local church, serves several purposes.
The papers are sold to Thermoguard Insulation Company in Spokane where they are used for insulation. Money received from this project is used to help defray costs for children and adults who attend the conference camp, N Sid Sen located on Coeur D’ Alene Lake. It is also a stewardship project for the church and the community since papers are recycled and do not end up in a landfill.
This project has been a part of the church’s stewardship for nearly 20 years. Members and friends of the church came up with this idea to provide a way to recycle their newspapers. In recent years, the community has supported this project, filling the shed with newspapers, magazines, and shredded paper. Thermoguard Insulation agreed to send a truck and driver to Chewelah whenever the shed was full, which is about every three months. A crew gathers to load the papers from the shed onto the truck.
In the beginning it took much longer to fill the shed, but as more people heard about the project, the time between truckloads has become shorter. Many local residents can be seen putting their newspapers and catalogs into the shed.
The members of the Chewelah United Church of Christ would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Papers for Campers project. The shed is located in the back of the church near the local swimming pool. Anyone who would like to contribute to this project can put papers, magazines, catalogs, phone books and shredded paper in the shed at anytime. If possible, items to be recycled should be placed in paper sacks or taped in stacks with masking tape. All plastic bags, string and clear tape must be removed before the papers can be loaded into the truck.
For more information, call the church office at 935-8046.
Article Submitted by Holly Peterson
In this Photo: Members of the Chewelah UCC Church and five high school students helped unload the
newspaper shed full of papers for recycling.