Bethel Christian packages thousands of meals Tuesday

Bethel Christian packages thousands of meals Tuesday

Bethel Christian held a ‘Feed The Need’ event Tuesday, packaging and sealing around 10,000 meals to help folks in Haiti. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News

Bethel Christian Academy’s biggest service project took place Tuesday and, as a result, thousands of folks in Haiti will benefit.

Students of the school participated in the “Feed The Need” packing party in the Bethel gymnasium. Students packaged and sealed approximately 10,000 meals, which will be transported to Haiti.

“Every student had their hands on putting meals together, whether unboxing packages, putting them in containers, measuring it out, sealing bags or packing them,” BCA Principal Doug Phillips said. “This is what a Christian school should be doing — we want the students to focus on helping others, as Christ has done for the world. You can teach the students and tell them, but when they’re actually doing it, there’s a difference and I hope this will be something they remember for the rest of their lives.”

Quan Hamilton was among the students assisting and said he appreciated the project.

“It’s a good feeling knowing you can help others,” the high school junior said. “Everyone’s coming together here to spread the love of God.”

Bethel Christian junior Raigan Mitchell said she was excited to help.

“It’s great that we can help people in need, and this is a great opportunity,” Mitchell said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Another BCA junior, Victoria Harrell, said she was glad to be a part of the endeavor.

“It’s awesome to know we can help others in another country who don’t have anything,” Harrell said.

Second-graders at Bethel Christian Academy sign the ‘Feed The Need’ banner Tuesday at the school’s gym. The school packaged about 10,000 meals to ship to Haiti. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News

Second-graders at Bethel Christian Academy sign the ‘Feed The Need’ banner Tuesday at the school’s gym. The school packaged about 10,000 meals to ship to Haiti. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News

There were more than high schoolers playing a role in the event. BCA second-graders Zyaire Whitfield, Joshua Witherspoon and Hayden Perry helped seal bags with classmates doing other tasks.

“I liked putting the food in the funnels,” LaMarc Rouse said.

Second-grader Joseph Freeman said he liked two components of the event.

“I liked packing the boxes and dancing,” Freeman said.

Overall, project organizer Amy Stroud said it was a wonderful event.

“It’s overwhelming and the kids were having a good time helping out,” Stroud said. “They feel like they’re making a difference.”

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