i’m not here for your candy
Tonight our youth ministry decided we’d do something for others instead of ourselves. Instead of going from house to house asking for candy and handouts, we asked for non-perishable food items for a local food pantry. And we didn’t accept any candy.
This is the second year we’ve done this. Last year, Halloween landed on a Wednesday and instead of holding youth service, we loaded our students onto our church bus and dropped groups off in four different neighborhoods around the church. It’s a perfect night for this because people are already expecting visitors to be coming to their door. Most are pleasantly surprised that a group of teenagers are thinking of others instead of themselves.
Because we didn’t have a captive audience (non-youth service night), we had about 25% of our group show up. We had a blast and collected a ton of food for people in need. I’m so proud of our students who are willing to give and live selflessly.
When we finished, we helped out at our church’s Trunk or Treat event (see picture).
To celebrate, we pelted each other with dodge balls for about an hour before going home.