Selling More Than Yogurt in Iowa

A new frozen yogurt shop in Pella, Iowa, does more than just sell yogurt. The Mango Tree benefits Many Hands for Haiti, a ministry supported by area Christian Reformed and Reformed Church in America congregations. The store is staffed primarily by volunteers.

Calise Gritters, a member of Calvary CRC, said she sees The Mango Tree as God’s tool. “Every time I volunteer, I feel like I am getting more back than what I put in,” she said. “I put in hard work, but I get back joy and refreshment and a renewed hope for both the lost in Haiti and the lost in Pella.”

Kathy Rozeboom, a member of Faith CRC, said, “Going to Haiti twice has really opened my heart and eyes to see how we can do God’s labor of love here in Iowa. The Mango Tree is great community involvement: meeting people of the community, sharing your love for the Lord, and working with others who have the same love of helping.”

Volunteers at the store have the opportunity to earn “points” toward a trip to Haiti to see the work of Many Hands for Haiti. This work includes developing in-country leaders and feeding programs, pouring cement floors in homes, and much, much more, according to marketing manager Lindsey Klyn.

At its recent grand opening, the ministry organized a fun run called the MH4H Color Blast, which raised $10,000 for a new truck to be used in Haiti. Yogurt was 30 percent off for the day. Organizers hope The Mango Tree will raise $ 50,000 annually to support the work of Many Hands for Haiti.

About the Author

Kyle Hoogendoorn is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. He lives in Rock Valley, Iowa.

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