Custer youth return from church trip
Published: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Over 20 members of the Custer community spent a week in Washington, D.C., where they worked to help the city, as well as the people living there.
The group from Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church chose Washington, D.C., because of its high number of homeless. The goal of the trip was to learn more about homelessness and provide service to the area.
“Before I went on the trip I was a little nervous,” said Billie Wicks. “I thought the people we were going to meet weren’t going to be friendly, but I was wrong. I came to find out that they were friendlier than some people I know.”
One of the places the group went to was Charlie’s Place, where they served food to homeless people.
“While we were at Charlie’s Place, a man came in and told us someone had stolen his shoes the night before. A guy who also volunteered from another church group gave the man from the street his shoes to keep,” Wicks said. “It was simple what he did, but who knew a pair of shoes could make a person so happy?”
The group, consisting of 18 high school-age members and four chaperones, worked at a food bank, a soup kitchen, a church that provides breakfast and clothing and cleaned up a parkway.
“My favorite memories were chopping up vegetables at the D.C. capitol kitchen with the other kids and getting to talk to people going through homelessness on the streets,” said Kendall Ashmore. “I learned that everyone has a story and we shouldn’t judge people.”
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