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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest to you.”Mother Teresa

The first day of the summer program…..by all accounts was a success. We had three work crews out, spread across the county. Two groups made the long trek to Mullens, one for soccer camp and one to work at the Itmann Food Bank. The Mullens Soccer Camp, in its eighth year, is once again being led by Zach. The first day turnout was tremendous for both the morning and afternoon sessions, and the weather was nice a cool. A great first day was had by all the volunteers.

The group at the Itmann Food Bank helped to unpack, sort and organize over 50 bags of clothes and other household items brought down by a couple of PVs from Washington DC over the weekend. By all accounts the amount of work done in just one day was amazing and very appreciated.

The third group headed out to the first home repair site of the summer. The site, about 20 minutes from the school was a house that was damaged by floods last year. Volunteers took on a number of tasks including; repairing a floor, fixing plumbing, repairing a roof and building a small ramp. A lot of work got done, but the highlight of the day was by far the food that was prepared for the volunteers by the home owner. They were greeted in the morning with homemade biscuits and gravy and homemade blackberry jam and then in the afternoon they were given homemade soup. Needless to say when the volunteers shared about their day during reflection, everyone wanted to go to that site.

It was taco night for the first night of dinner. Not only did we eat delicious tacos, but had homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Yummy!

Reflection centered around the scripture passage about the first being last and the last being inspired by the caboose that sits out in front of the school. After a beautiful reflection, we were each asked to share our new and goods from the day.

All in all the first work day of the summer program went extremely smooth. We hope this is a sign of things to come.

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