Springfield Missouri – LDS Church youth and adults descended on the Crosslines Ministry food pantry to help with an important service project. The pantry’s recent food drive successfully collected 18 pallets of food, but for the items to be truly useful they needed to be sorted. The project was tackled by the members of the Springfield Missouri and the Springfield Missouri South Stakes organized by their Stake President Tim Scott.
Anxious to have leaders in his stake actually feel the joy of providing hands-on service, he cancelled his Stake PEC meeting and diverted stake leaders to the project. To avoid disrupting normal operations, the sorting was scheduled to take place after regular hours of operation.
In total, the 126 church volunteers were able to sort the items in one night. A project of this size would normally have taken the small staff at the center a month to do. The estimated value of the service rendered to the center was over $7,000. In the end, vital service was provided, relationships between the volunteers and the food pantry were forged and the needy in the community were helped.