Niagara Gazette


November 21, 2012

Falls schools students drop off place mats to Community Missions


Niagara Gazette — Back at the Community Mission, the 11 students finished distributing the place mats and began cleaning up in the dining area. Bartlett helped take out some of the trash from Wednesday's meal and a few of the others were putting up chairs for the afternoon.

It's common activities like this mission volunteers offer to ensure the homeless shelter survives even night-to-night.

"The reality of the situation is there's need here in Niagara Falls," Mission Public Relations Manager Katie Trombley said. "But giving just an hour is extremely important to these people. You don't know if it's your neighbor who's going to the mission for food. These students might have classmates who are eating meals here. So to see young adults care, when they could be worried about any other thing, is great."

The enthusiasm of the students at the mission was noticeable. Many of them said they chose to do this, since the grades for their class came from attendance.

So this volunteering stuff is exactly what they want to do and, to many of them, exactly where they want to do it.

"I think this needs to happen more throughout the community," Paige said. "I think people should come out here and volunteer more. If they saw what it's like here, it might change their views."

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