We are continually impressed by the dedication and tenacious work ethic of the youth who come to serve at GRACE. GRACE recently hosted Youth Week, a collective endeavor by different youth groups to advance a common goal of serving families facing hardship.
Forty junior high students from Trinity Klein Lutheran Church travelled from Spring, Texas, to serve as part of their church retreat. No junior high youth group could come to the metroplex without enjoying some rollercoasters at Six Flags, but not without pulling up their sleeves first.
The students were divided between GRACEful Buys and Donation Station to sort, assess and clean the incoming donation items. Items collected at Donation Station will be filtered through proper channels to ensure the community’s items are utilized. Merchandize at GRACEful Buys and Style & GRACE provide a reliable revenue stream that goes directly to GRACE programming.
Today twenty middle school youth from First Baptist Grapevine came to serve at Donation Station as part of Mission Grapevine: a weekend event that is dedicated to serving local families through charity partnership. This afternoon, the youth got a behind-the-scenes look of the Food Pantry warehouse and received education about the Community Garden, which produces an average of 3,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to bless local families at risk for being nutrient deficient.
Groups like First Baptist Grapevine and Trinity Klein Lutheran Church often remind us of the importance of loving our community through service. Thanks for your hard work and positive attitude, and embodying the meaning of 1 Timothy 4: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, and love….”
If you are part or lead a youth group or other faith-based group, we have many opportunities to serve families in the local community. Contact Lara Hohweiler at lhohweiler@GRACEGrapevine.org for ideas and resources.