High school students give back to the community

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Representatives from Nettleton and Valley View High School made two rather impressive donations to local organizations on September 27th.

The first. . .a check to City Youth Ministries for over eleven thousand dollars!

Pastor Curtis Wilson of First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street, does a lot with City Youth Ministries.

He says they rely on these donations to keep helping the kids in the community, "The only way we operate is by donations from other agencies and fund raisers so this will help a lot in feeding children who come here to the center in the afternoon and carry on their recreational activities out here."

City Youth is more than a recreational facility. They provide a number of different services to children in the community.

"We carry on Bible studies, recreational activities and there is some tutoring involved so it's really a good community service to children who would ordinarily be at home, by themselves after school."

Pastor Wilson says it means a lot to see all these kids work so hard to help others.

"It certainly means a lot to City Youth Ministries to receive a check donation of eleven thousand dollars to help us carry on our ministry here and we're just feeling blessed and rejoicing for all the good things that are happening here. And certainly our thanks go out to Valley View and Nettleton Schools for this contribution."

But City Youth Ministries wasn't the only organization that received a donation.

Representatives from Nettleton and Valley View High Schools also presented Executive Director for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Christie Jordan, with an astonishing number of donated food items.

That number. . .over twenty thousand pounds!

Christie says she was stunned with the amount of food the kids managed to raise for them.

"We were absolutely overwhelmed to have over twenty thousand pounds of food collected during unity week, between Valley View and Nettleton Schools. That is over fifteen thousand meals that they collected and gave to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas."

Christie says the food is already at their warehouse and workers are getting it ready!

"We've already got it in our warehouse. We are busy sorting it and getting it ready to go out to our agencies. And it's gonna mean a lot of additional food this time of year. The warehouse was getting pretty low on canned goods and so we're very excited."

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas serves five thousand, one hundred people per week in the twelve counties throughout Northeast Arkansas.

City Youth Ministries currently has over seven hundred children registered there.

For more information about City Youth Ministries or the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, log onto their websites.

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