The Holidays are here, and it’s the time of year to be thankful. The students at Francis Howell Union (FHU) are dedicating their time to giving back, in addition to giving thanks. Together with the organization “Kids Against Hunger,” FHU students participated in a food packing event on Tuesday, Nov. 22. After only two hours, the students had put together 10,800 food packages, which is enough to feed 30 people every day for one year, according to FHU business teacher John Omoresemi.
Kids Against Hunger supports starving children in over 60 countries, including the US, in their efforts to end world hunger. When Omoresemi met Jerry and Marilyn Lantz, who are sponsors of Kids Against Hunger, he immediately knew that this would provide his students with a meaningful service project opportunity. “One of those goals behind this service project is giving students the opportunity to give back – the gift of their time and effort to help the poor in a different country,” Omoresemi said.
This year, the food packages were shipped to starving children and their families in Haiti. Before the packing event began, Omeresemi said he reminded the students of the hurricane and other natural disasters that have struck Haiti in the past, which made the experience even more meaningful.
“Most students really take time to reflect on the opportunity to help others,” he said. “With music playing in the background, a healthy dose of competition to see which assembly line can pack the most, students and staff working side-by-side; it really makes the time go by fast.”
Lisha Ewing, FHU’s educational support counselor, reflects on this year’s food packing event. “This is the third time we have done this activity, it’s a humbling experience to look around and see the smiles and joy of our students having the chance to help someone else, as people have helped them,” she said.
FHU senior Chrizell Wright was excited to have the chance to contribute to such a meaningful cause. “I’m very proud because knowing there are people out there who are in need, and you have the opportunity to change their lives is just so beautiful,” he said. It’s amazing knowing you can help so much in such a short time.” Chizell said he personally knows what it’s like to be struggling, so using this chance to help others was an honor to him. “I understand how that is, so when I know I can help, I’m there. Nobody deserves to be broken down or in need of something, and helping is the least you can do.”
“I think what we did was totally amazing,” said senior Jayson XXX. “I’m so blessed and honored to be a part of it. I’m beyond proud that our school was able to come together and achieve this in a day. I definitely want to do this again very soon.”
Omoresemi said that there are definite plans to organize even more activities such as this one, and it seems like his students can’t wait to continue to get inspired and help out others in need. What a great way to do good and support a meaningful cause!