Despite the 1-degree temperature outside, it was another great night inside to pack some meals and play some volleyball!
105 youth and adults from across Western New York came in from the cold to the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca on the night of February 20, serving their neighbors in need, helping pack nearly 10,000 macaroni-and-cheese meal packs that went directly to the Food Bank of WNY. Sponsored by the St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children Board, the event involved youth forming assembly lines and measuring ingredients, sealing, labeling and packing the meals into cases that are already landing in food pantries and feeding those in need.
Volleyball came the rest of the night, with games played to raise over $800 split between Lutheran Charities of WNY and the Joyful Noise Afterschool Music program in inner-city Buffalo. 5 trophies were awarded to various teams for first-third place finishes, sports-person-ship, and most money raised for our ministries we supported.
In between volleyball games, teams were paired for small group devotions.
We cannot thank enough all the hard work done by so many to make the night as amazing as it was:
- Lutheran Campus Ministry of WNY for organizing the Meal Packing Event
- Buffalo Niagara Court Center for hosting us
- Grace Lutheran, Buffalo for loaning tables
- Collin Mandris for organizing the volleyball games
- Bobby “DJ Shaggs” Weber for the all-night tunes
- Volunteers who jumped in to help with registration, volleyball scorekeeping and more
- The adult leaders who sacrificed their time and sleep to bring youth
- The youth for taking a chance and coming out to the event
Of course, we have pictures of the good times…