Jade Ford dipped a cup into a plastic bin, scooped out a portion of dehydrated vegetables, then poured them into a plastic bag while peers surrounding her did the same.
She was among 100 Abilene Christian University students volunteering in an assembly line at the Global Samaritan warehouse on Wednesday, January 25, 2016. They measured out components of a dehydrated, fortified casserole meal that will be shipped to refugees in the Middle East.
“Our hands are kind of touching something that could potentially save a family or help a family,” Ford said. She laughed and talked with others at her station while they measured out rice or soy before weighing and sealing each bag.
The packing event was organized by Heaven Sent Ministries from Wichita, Kansas, with the help of Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland. All the volunteers are involved in an ACU program called LYNAY, meaning Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. Three hundred students signed up to volunteer over three days.
Ester Kissell is director of logistics and disaster services with Global Samaritan Resources. She said it warms her heart to see this many volunteers helping.
“It is a big honor to have so many people in here doing such good for others,” Kissell said.