Several students recently participated in a Food Fast at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, organized by the parish’s youth ministry. The students spent a Saturday fasting from food while providing service to a local food pantry, the Falls of the Ohio, and St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. They also made blankets and burritos to donate to local people who are homeless.
Freshmen Jake Miller and Addison Mills said they were looking forward to the service event and are glad they took part. Jake said he had heard about how fun it was from his brother, Trey, a senior. And Addison said she knew it was going to be a fun day.
“One of my favorite things to do is help people,” Addison said.
The group started by making blankets and burritos to be distributed by the Burrito Riders to people in the area who are homeless. Addison said she liked the activity because she had never made blankets by tying two pieces of cloth together. Jake said he liked knowing he was helping others get their basic needs.
“It felt great to give people such necessary things for life that they rarely get: food and warmth,” Jake said.
The group then picked up trash at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, helped reorganize a food pantry, and cleaned up a few rooms at St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. Trey said they stayed so busy it was easy to forget they hadn’t eaten all day.
Both said they enjoy taking part in the service activities organized by their parish youth ministry and look forward to the next one.
“Every time I see a service project with my youth ministry I try my hardest to be able and make it there,” Addison said. “I’ve done a bunch of things like Summer Daze and working at the soup kitchen, and I always get such a positive experience out of it that makes my heart happy.”
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