Trading Candy for Canned Goods

On the chilly evening of October 31, 20 students from The Church at Station Hill gathered together to go door-to-door in a local neighborhood and collect non-perishable items for The Well Outreach in Spring Hill. The food drive was planned by the organization, asking youth groups in the area to participate. Each year, donations to the organization slow down during the time between the beginning of the school year and Thanksgiving. This event was a fun way for area students to tangibly make a difference in the lives of those who are hungry in the community.

Leigh Ann Swords, the Missions Coordinator for Station Hill, organized students’ participation in the event. She posted ahead of time on her neighborhood’s Facebook page to let neighbors know students would come by collecting non-perishable items for The Well. Then on Halloween, students walked around the neighborhood and picked up donations.

She explains, “What I loved about it was the very positive response from my neighbors as they saw the students do this. They were impressed with our kids and that they were sacrificing candy to help others in need.”

Following the food collection, many even commented on the neighborhood’s Facebook page about their positive experience with students who came by. One neighbor shared, “We had 3 very polite young men collect food last night at our home. I had forgotten to bring the items outside last night, and they waited patiently while I went in to retrieve the canned goods.” Another posted, “That was a great idea! Thank you and those girls for giving of their time and serving others!”

After gathering all food donations from neighbors, students went back to Leigh Ann’s house for pizza, s’mores, and games.

On Sunday, November 2, the Canada/Lambert LIFE Group delivered all the donated food to The Well. The neighborhood students visited on Halloween night gave the most food—a total of 317 pounds.