Hesston youth are taking a pro-active role in the Hesston community and collecting non-perishable food items for the Hesston Resource Center.
Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Pastor of Children and Family, J.L. Martin said fifth and sixth grade youth group members will be canvassing neighborhoods near Hesston Middle School collecting food.
“The plan is that on Wednesday, March 13, between 7 and 8 p.m. we will break the group. If we have a decent number, we will break into five groups and go into neighborhoods around the middle school. The kids will be walking.
“One group will go to Crown Point, behind high school on Park and Sunset, another group will be behind the golf course to Parkview, one group will go north of the elementary school and the other group south of elementary school,” said Martin.
Youth will be encouraged to waste no time in collecting food.
“There will be a little competition to see who can get the most canned food or items,” said Martin.
The group has been working on projects for several months, but this is the first to benefit the Resource Center.
“I’m looking forward to it. We’ve never done a service project with the Resource Center before just because, with the number of kids, we can’t go to the center and have all 30 of them. But we are really looking forward to helping out the Resource Center,” said Martin.
The food drive is at a time when the Resource Center is typically running out of resources after the Holiday donation drives.
“We want to be able to stock shelves at a time when shelves are a little more sparse after all the other drives,” said Martin.
Martin said the message designed for this group is one of empowerment for youth.
“They get to come every Wednesday night and have ministry done to them. And now they get to have a say in how to give back to the community and to others who might be in need,” he said.
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