September 08, 2014
The Elmhurst YMCA Traveling Teens participated in several community service projects this summer. Over 40 campers visitedFeed My Starving Children twice this past summer—once in late June, and again in July. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Their approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and then these meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
During both trips, campers took buses to the Aurora, IL Feed My Starving Children site to help pack MannaPack Rice packs (June) and MannaPack Potato-D packs (July) to help those less fortunate receive the food and nutrition they need to grow and survive. The campers worked together to fill, weigh and seal the MannaPacks to be delivered to third world countries around the globe. After the June session, campers received a tube of M&M Minis to enjoy, and were asked to re-fill the tube with quarters to bring back in July. Many of the campers took advantage of this cool way of donating. The teens loved being exposed to this organization and were extremely excited to give back to others in this capacity.
As summer came to an end, 30 of our teen campers took a trip to Roselle, IL to visit Phil's Friends. Phil’s Friends is a non-profit organization that strives to provide support and comfort to those who are fighting cancer. Their goals are simple: offer peace through sharing the word of God and distributing care packages to cancer patients and their families.
The teens delivered and created care packages with items that had been collected through the Y’s summer Care Package Drive. They also made uplifting cards to include in each care package. With so many participating campers and staff knowing a family or friend affected by cancer, this trip was very meaningful. Our campers packed and decorated nearly 25 care packages that were delivered to patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital the following day. The campers were extremely proud of themselves after the trip and felt as if the work they had completed was truly going to make many people very happy!