July 2: Interdependence Day Food Bag Distribution
Despite raining and drizzly conditions, we still had a fantastic night delivering bags for Interdependence Day. We had 50 students, including 25 National Honor’s Society students from Lake Park High School. After delivering the bags, students came back for homemade ice cream, and gourmet cupcakes In all, 6000 bags were distributed between our night and the whole church. Over 300 bags were collected for our Bloomingdale food banks.
July 9: Feed My Starving Children
We had 37 students, plus 9 adults attend this event. In our short amount of packing food for the hungry across the world, our students packed 68 boxes of food, which was able to feed almost 3,000 people. We came back to the church for a bonfire, filled up on s’mores, and ultimate frisbee.
July 23: Alden Valley Nursing Home
It can be intimidating to interact with those who are so much older, look different, and seem to live a completely different lifestyle than our own. Our 19 students jumped right in and learned that the residents of this community lived pretty normal lives. During our visit, the students escorted residents downstairs for ice cream, and then played bingo with them. Two of the highlights of the night were: 1) Seeing several of our students, who happen to be Filipino, hanging out with a Filipino resident. They even spoke Tegali with her. 2) Watching the students play bingo with the residents. Everybody got really “into” the game, which made it all the more exciting for the residents. To top things off, we took the students out for Oberweis ice cream to celebrate their hard work and love they extended to the residents.