On May 6th through the 7th, I joined Relay for Life, on an overnight walk for cancer. We gathered on a field with many other groups and families. From there we began to walk around the field in a trail lit with luminaria bags dedicated to the lives of loved ones who passed away from cancer. The event was amazing; I recall looking out to the field from our tent at 3 am and still seeing people walking the field together.
On May 7th
after our Relay for Life outing, I joined the Feed my starving children in a food packing event in the morning. About 5 Teen2Teen Rise members plus some of our parents joined about 15 other people at the Feed My Starving Children location in Tempe.
After some instructions we darned our hairnets and gloves and headed to our tables to begin packing and sealing bags of chicken, vegetables, soy, and rice, to send out to starving children. After only a few hours, we had packed enough meals to supply 44 starving children for an entire year. This realization put a smile on everyone’s face. I was so happy and so was the entire Teen2Teen crew to know that after only giving up part of our time, we had helped so many children. I’m not sure if any teens will receive any of the food, but the pleasure of serving made up for it.
On March 21st
, Teen2Teen joined Hope Worldwide on a day trip to the Children’s Crisis Center in Phoenix. The goal of the trip was to spend the day with the children, bond with them and do activities such as face painting, lego building, and even biking and swinging. After that we made food for the kids and even brought in cupcakes and cookies. By the end of it all almost everyone knew at least three of the children well and had created a bond between them and did not want to leave just yet. Although we wanted to, we were not able to take many pictures because of the different rules and regulations associated with the organization which is understandable. The best part of it was when I went to church the next day, my mom and I were talking to friend with a foster child and mentioned meeting a real cute boy who looked like their little girl. When we mentioned the name of the child it turned out that they were related. Now, I get to play with my little buddy’s sister every Sunday. It is proof that the world is small and we need to do everything in our power to improve the life of our brothers and sisters.