June 16 was a memorable milestone Saturday in the 18-year history of MASTER Provisions. Our 500th shipping container filled with clothing, shoes and other supplies was loaded for delivery to our newest mission partner, Lifewind International in Lomé, Togo (West Africa). We have helped many other organizations to ship hundreds of containers over the years, but this was the 500th “core” container of goods where all of the donated items were collected and packed by thousands of MP volunteers!


Festivities took place at the Borland Family Distribution Center at 7725 Foundation Dr. in Elsmere, headquarters of MASTER Provisions (MP). Our new Public Relations and Development Director, Jim Lokesak, recruited Skyline Chili – Ft. Wright, KY, to serve as the event sponsor. The Ft. Wright location of Skyline Chili donated cheese coneys (hot dogs, chili, cheese in a bun) and 3-ways (chili, spaghetti and cheese) to feed the crowd in addition to covering shipping costs for Container #500! We are very grateful to Skyline Chili – Ft. Wright for such a generous contribution. Attendees enjoyed a brief tour and overview of 18 years of mission work at MP. The Ryle High School football team provided volunteer manpower, as they have done regularly for seven years, and they teamed up with a youth group from the Wilmington, Ohio Church of Christ to complete the task. We celebrate the MASTER’s 500th Success!