Document Mountain by Cornerstone has had the privilege of volunteering our time at Neighborhood Fellowship Church’s VBS for 14 years. We had approximately 115 kids attend and 45 volunteers. We served hot breakfast to over 100 kids each day and volunteers provided between 125 – 150 sack lunches each day.
This year, 5 of our teen volunteers that had attended VBS as students for many years wanted to give back by serving. One of them was a 2 year old at our very first VBS and has been there every year since. We were also able to provide a little extra help for a small group of children. Read their story below:
How did you sleep last night? Did you have a soft pillow, comfy mattress, or a warm blanket? Every night we lay down and that feeling of ahhhhhh comes over us. The weight of the day washes away. Our bodies relax and sleep begins to overtake us. We feel safe and at peace.
Now imagine that you have never slept on a bed. You have no pillow and now blankets. The only thing you have is a small segment of a hard floor that you have to share with the twelve other people that live in the half of a duplex that you’re trying to exist in. You can never really find relaxation.
We met 5 young children ranging from 4 to 12 that lived in these conditions. They came to VBS because they heard there was a free meal. That morning their grandmother, the head of the household, told them that she could not provide any more meals for them. After getting them fed we learned of their sleeping conditions. The next day we were able to provide each child with a sleeping mattress and a sleeping bag.