Mount Airy Christian Academy students K-12th had the opportunity to package 20,000 meals with an organization called Stop Hunger Now (SHN). Stop Hunger Now is an organization with a mission to live in a world without hunger.
While MACA students raised enough money last year to package 10,000 meals for the needy, this year the students raised enough money to double what they donated last year. Students were encouraged to give of themselves to serve others, such as by doing extra chores, projects, extra shifts at work and so on to raise money to buy meals and the students responded. Vicky Webster, Head of School, said, “To say I am proud of our students is an understatement. I am thrilled that they have embraced the desire to go beyond their classroom walls and minister to others in need. As this takes root in their hearts – the passion to take care of those in need – there is no telling what they will accomplish in this world. Our mission is accomplished; I am very excited indeed”.
Just a few days after the Go Beyond event, Stop Hunger Now informed MACA that the 2017 meal packing event resulted in 285,120 meals being shipped from a Philadelphia, PA warehouse. The meals will be received by SHN’s country partner, Salesian Missions, in Zambia, Africa. Salesian Missions is a network of 34,000 people around the world who desire to help children live better lives and have brighter futures. Stop Hunger Now states, “The Salesians of Don Bosco operate 5,000 schools and technical training centers, 23 colleges, 216 clinics and hospitals, 225 orphanages and shelters, as well as run a wide variety of social and economic development activities throughout the world. More than 20,000 households in the country of Africa are headed by children whose parents have died because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Salesian Missions programs give these children a chance to go to school, opening a new world of possibilities for them.” Programs that will receive meals include rural schools and shelters, youth centers and community programs, and City of Hope, an elementary school, high school, and home for girls in Lusaka, Zambia.
For the meal-packing event, MACA students in grades K-12 were divided into two different work groups. Each group gathered into the gymnasium to package 10,000 meals in just a little over an hour for each shift. According to one kindergartner, it was “the best day ever!” Click on the link below to enjoy a video created to document the event. The video that will make you feel as if you were right there, among the students, packaging the meals!
Thank you to our Technology Team of juniors Eli Schaefer, Colton Ramsey, Xavier Marmol and Will Brethauer who produced this amazing video