Haile Gold Mine Community Relations Coordinator Beverly Adams and Occupational Health Nurse Cindi Blackmon offered a hand in the kitchen as volunteers for Kershaw’s discipleship-based Christian Camp, Youth Serve, which was held June 28-July 2.
The camp is offered for teens ages 13-19 to learn about serving Christ while completing various service projects in the community. The baked goods created in the pictures shown were delivered to elderly shut-ins during the week.
Beverly most enjoyed getting to experience the youth as they interact and connect with senior citizens from around the community.
“They’re learning that they can have a positive impact in someone’s life by just spending a little time with them,” she said.
Cindi believes it’s important because so many of the area’s elderly citizens are lonely and feel isolated because they aren’t able to get out and socialize due to health and mobility issues.
“I feel that we are called to serve others in life and a simple gesture of kindness may be the thing that brightens someone’s day,” she said.
Campers typically spent the morning portion of each day completing several projects in the community before ending their day playing games and participating in evening worship. Youth Serve has been a staple in the Kershaw community for 26 years and is a collaboration of volunteers and multiple churches in the area.
Beverly and Cindi agree that it’s a rewarding experience to be able to see other volunteers teaching teens important life skills all while having fun.
“We are blessed to have the youth attend but also have such a strong group of adult volunteers in our community. It would not be possible without their hard work,” Beverly said.