JCC's Summer Campers' 'JFCS Week'

Today’s blog written by Volunteer Blogger, Robin Ungar!

From July 23-27, Jewish Community Center Summer Campers Volunteered for the JFCS Food Pantry. Campers toured the agency, donated hundreds of pounds of food, held fundraisers to make money for and supported the JFCS Food Pantry this summer with their generosity, kindness, and hard work. The fundraisers that were held were a bake sale, car wash, and the selling of Hanukkah gifts. There was also a swim-a-thon, dance-a-thon, and other fun activities guaranteed that the volunteer experience would be good for the campers. A camper said, “It’s good to have fun while doing good deeds!” Linda Goodman, co-manager of the Food Pantry said, “I loved seeing the kids and being able to talk to them.”

Campers thought seriously about hunger, looking thoughtful as they thought of children like themselves with no guarantee of enough food, money or other necessities for a comfortable life.

Some of the questions the campers were asked follow:

“Have you ever felt hungry? What was it like?”
I was very impressed with the  following answer to this question because it came from a 5 or 6 year old. “An empty feeling inside.” Other answers were: stomach growled, felt a little wobbly, and felt tired.

“What did you do about it?”
Go to the kitchen or the store and ask for food from parents.

“What if you had no food?”
Come to the JFCS Food Pantry and go to the store.

“What if you had no money to buy food?”
Go to the JFCS Food Pantry.

Questions from the Car Wash:

How does it feel to be helping someone else?
Good, and very fun.

Comments made by some of the campers while washing my car were:
“Get the tires, they’re dirty,” and, “Who needs machines to wash cars when you have us.” (Editor: Cute!)

The campers looked like they were having a great time, especially when washing my car – the counselor was spraying them with the hose! The fundraisers were a huge success, raising over $1,000 for the JFCS Food Pantry. Awesome job, campers!  You should all be proud of yourselves. That is more resources that the Food Pantry will be able to get for the less fortunate.


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