FRESNO, Calif. About 200 members of the Fresno California Stake, the majority of them youth, teamed up to lend a hand at food banks, homeless shelters, a nursing home and spruced up the offices of Catholic Charities and their thrift store in a service project to benefit several community agencies. Members of other churches also joined in the effort.
Of the Church volunteers, about 150 converged on the Community Food Bank where they sorted 25,000 pounds of packaged food and fresh apples that will be distributed to at least 175 partner agencies in three central California counties.
"It was truly amazing seeing the volunteer force show up that morning," said Reeshamah Brown, Community Food Bank warehouse operations manager. "We were expecting only 10 people. It took some quick coordination when the big crowd showed up, but the volunteers made it easy with their eagerness to help."
Fresno area Agents of Grace, part of a national initiative which gathers people from different churches to serve together, also helped organize the service project.
In all, more than 500 people joined together in the Saturday morning effort.
Other Church volunteers went to a nursing home where they visited every resident and helped decorate their doors for Christmas. They also cheered up residents who have disabilities in several group homes.