Royal Ambassador LADS & Cub Scouts feed the hungry
|Above are Cub Scouts Pack 314 and Royal Ambassador LADS of Hermitage Baptist Church with boxes of donated food. They include Ethan Huggins, Tyler Dinnell, Zach Price and David Seay. Not pictured is Nate Huggins .|
During the hustle and bustle of Urbanna Oyster Festival weekend, five young boys representing the Royal Ambassador LADS and Cub Scout Pack 314 of Hermitage Baptist Church were out feeding the hungry and having a blast doing it!
Cub Scout Pack 314 and RA LADS of Hermitage Baptist Church teamed up together again this year during the Scouting For Food Campaign. But this year, it took a different twist. “In the past, the two groups of boys would give the donated, non-perishable food to the Cryer Center and the American Legion, but this year God had other plans and the boys and their leaders hit the streets in an exciting way,” said Pam Seay, RA LAD leader for Hermitage.
The boys not only collected non-perishable food, but this year they collected supplies and milk, cheese, bread and eggs. The boys packed boxes and distributed food and supplies to over 20 needy families in the Middlesex community.
“God challenged us to go a step further this year and not only feed, but also interact and spread the love of Jesus in a big way for five little boys. The impact it left on our boys and the families they blessed was remarkable,” said Seay. “The boys had a blast collecting the food, dividing and packing it up, and delivering it face-to-face to those who they were serving. They interacted with families and loved on people who were more than appreciative and excited to be blessed by the hard work and love put into this work. Each family was blessed with a card created by the children in the Kid’s Church Program at Hermitage Baptist Church which told of God’s amazing love for each and every one.”
The boys collected over 650 pounds of food and the donations are still coming in and being distributed. “Hunger is not a seasonal, cultural, racial or geographical problem. It is everywhere and it is a big reality here in Middlesex County,” stated Seay.
Seay and Kate Carey of Hermitage Baptist Church are leading the program.
“The program consists of a mighty group of incredible teammates (and the team continues to grow), along with Hermitage Baptist Church and its pastor, Rev. Edward Harrow. They hear and see the needs and are answering God’s call! “ said Seay. “We are called ‘Team Thanksgiving’. We are working together, each contributing our God-given gifts to feed and love on people in the name of Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the honor to serve anyone in need that we can. No one should ever be hungry. We are excited and raring to go!”
At the present time the team is gearing up to prepare and deliver 10 Thanksgiving meals with turkey and all the fixings in different areas of the community. Food and supplies are provided by donations.
“What a fantastic way to spend Thanksgiving—giving hope to someone who may not know where groceries will come from for a day, much less a holiday meal,” said Seay. “Fighting hunger happens one person at a time. When much of us are blessed with more than enough, it seems that if we all gave what we could from our hearts there would no longer be hunger in Middlesex County. It’s our mission to feed all in need with food and nourishment for the belly as well as the feast for the soul.”
If you would like to learn more and/or help out with Team Thanksgiving and the exciting ongoing monthly mission opportunities, please contact Seay at 654-9565 or the Hermitage Baptist Church office.