Kim and Glen Lund from Kim’s Katering will be hanging up their oven mitts for a little bit coming on September 1st.
That’s when the couple will be moving into a new chapter of their lives, closing the much-beloved business in Strathmore and going on a humanitarian mission.
Kim explained what it was like for their business over the past couple of years, “Our business struggled when we went through COVID, but luckily we had a lot of the schools, especially elementary schools we had hot lunches and I also started working for Four Sisters doing the baking over there. I made the cream puffs and cinnamon buns over there.”
“That kept us afloat during COVID. Now we're back to being very busy but we thought over the course of time we just felt like we should go and serve a mission,” she said.
Kim says in about three to four weeks they’ll find out the destination for their humanitarian mission which they will be taking part in as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“We would be going to a country where they are in need of help finding access to wheelchairs, our church donates things like that. They're usually first on the scene for a lot of events or things that happen like tornadoes. They've also worked with Red Cross and other organizations, so our duty would be to work with other organizations and in planning on how to get help for the people that are in need,” she explained.
Some ways the couple plans to help is with healthcare, providing clean water, and clothing as well, “We don't know the details yet until we get our mission call which should be in about four weeks,” she said.
She explained that there are ongoing initiatives to help kids and communities for adults in her church where people can go on missions in places like Africa, the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, or the Philippines.
Kim says she’s had the experience during natural disasters like the large snowstorm that hit Strathmore where they provided soups and stews for people stranded on the highway and in Strathmore.
“It’s a thing that we could do for service and so that's something that I've always wanted to do to go out and do some service to people that are in need,” she said.
Kim’s Katering has been operating in the community for over 25 years and appreciates the support of the people of Strathmore and Wheatland County, “Thank you very much for the support we've had a lot of people reach out to us, and a lot of sad faces on Facebook. I will definitely miss it because I love doing it, I love cooking and I love baking. I love serving people and there's lots of people that I will miss in the process.”
She spoke of their regular customers, the local school systems and the community in general who have supported them over the years.
“Just a big thank you for Strathmore’s community keeping us going for so long.”
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