The Power of a Few Hours

Posted by on March 6, 2012

The Winter 2012 Global Citizenship classes participated in two service learning projects this quarter. First, the class went to Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. Fourteen students joined other volunteers and packed over 16,000 meals for malnourished children in Jamaica. The students also learned more about the mission of Feed My Starving Children and the difference between hunger and malnourishment. Students’ reactions to their two hours of service were only positive: “I couldn’t believe that we packed enough food to feed 30 people for a year in less than two hours!”

Students also had the option of serving at Bridging. in Bloomington, which helps low income households get back on their feet by providing household goods like furniture, dishes, kitchen utensils and bedding. The administrative team at MSB Lakeville also stopped by for a few hours to help out.

In just a few hours, students and staff assembled 10 dressers. “My high school shop teacher would be proud,” said one Global Citizenship student when she successfully finished her first dresser.

“Many people think of housing assistance, but many forget how much it takes to fill that living space,” Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager told the MSB group, “Other agencies provide housing, but they don’t do much to provide the items, which are expensive, to make it livable. That’s where we come in.”

Even though Bridging is the largest furniture bank in the US, they are in great need for new and gently used furniture and small household items during this time of year when donations are low. In fact, all ten dressers that the students and staff assembled were given away the next day.

In just a few hours, Global Citizenship students packed enough food to feed 30 people for a year and assembled ten dressers that were immediately given to families in need. For many of us who don’t have money to donate, there are many organizations that are willing for us to give time—a lot can be accomplished in just a few hours to help the community.

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