Young church volunteers step up to help homeless

BOISE -- A spontaneous idea to make meals for the homeless in the community has really taken off - one sack lunch at time.

Volunteers at Hillview United Methodist Church have been busy ever since they learned that Corpus Christi House, a homeless day shelter, was closing for the month of August for renovation and maintenance.

"People who would normally spend their day there were hanging out underneath the bridge at the 15th Street overpass, they were hungry and they were hot," said volunteer Gayle Woods.

The church's pastor had an idea - to make and deliver lunches and fresh water to people in need. Food donations started flowing in, and volunteers too.

There are even more kids helping out than adults. And the charitable efforts are teaching the young ones a great summer lesson.

"We need to put our faith into action," said Woods. "To feed the hungry, to clothe the people who need clothes, to do what we can to make a difference in this world."

The kids don't just put together the meals, they also deliver them.

"The need is tremendous, it's ongoing," said Woods. "People tend to give very generously during the holidays and then forget about the need the rest of the year and particularly during the summer."

The kid volunteers are learning what it feels like to serve others at an early age, something they won't soon forget.

Hillview does a lot of other outreach in the community as well. Once a month, the church hosts a meal for the homeless or those in need, and the lawn in the back of the church has been transformed into a garden for refugees.


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