A helping hand is always a valued commodity regardless of what’s happening in the world around us.
Students from Amherst Junior High School provided just that on Nov. 9 when they stopped in at Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain to assist in holiday collection efforts.
“We’re all ready to help in any way the food bank needs us,” said guidance counselor Mary Scott Williams. “It’s vital for students to know how to give back to the community, how to volunteer their time, and of how they benefit from it in terms of self-esteem and self-confidence. It all goes full circle.”
The helpers worked with staff to package food, separate perishable and non-perishable items, and used teamwork in forming impromptu sorting lines in the food bank’s warehouse.
Twelve-year-old Reagan Kinser was happy to have the first-hand experience.
“It’s fun to help people and know you’re making a difference in the community,” she said, sorting through food items. “There are a bunch of people who don’t have stuff like this, so I enjoy helping them.”
She said organizing helpful efforts among friends, family, and peers is not as difficult as it seems.
“When you read about stuff like this in the newspaper, you can text or call your friends and ask them to help,” she said. “You can come together as a group of friends to make other people’s lives a little better.”
To learn how to fight hunger in Lorain County, visit www.secondharvestfoodbank.org.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times Students from Amherst Junior High School take part in food packaging Nov. 9 at Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain.