October 21, 2014

Elyria
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Honored to serve you

National Honor Society students help prepare meals at Salvation Army
After first taste, some students plan to keep up the good works

ELYRIA — A group of rising high school seniors has chosen volunteering at the Salvation Army over sleeping in late during summer break.
Members of Elyria High School’s National Honor Society are volunteering to prepare and serve hot lunches this week at the Salvation Army.
They started preparing food and setting tables Monday and Wednesday. By 11:30 a.m., the Salvation Army was full of adults and children ready for a hot lunch, and the students stuck around to clean up, too.
“I had to wake up early — I was like, man, kinda like a chore,” said Karie Wharton, National Honor Society secretary. “Now that I actually went there, I’m probably gonna continue doing it for the rest of the summer.”
Karie said the experience was an eye-opener, and she plans to continue volunteering on Sundays.
“It’s a very nice mix to see young people want to make a difference,” office manager Hollie Rice said.
Amanda Emerson, National Honor Society vice president, spearheaded the volunteer effort.
“I figured it would work out good since they were looking for people to help them,” Amanda said.
Amanda volunteered to serve hot meals with her church group recently, which gave her the idea to continue volunteering with the society. “I actually had a lot of fun,” she said.
Before school let out for summer, Amanda offered the students a head start on their mandatory volunteer hours. Almost 25 students signed up to serve hot lunches, with six to seven students helping each day.
The students will continue to serve hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. today and Friday.
“We just got some great kids in our city, we really do,” Rice said.
The Salvation Army served 1,048 meals in May. Last year, it served 16,797 meals.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of clients we are serving because of the increased cost of living and cost of gas,” Rice said.
The Salvation Army, 716 Broad St., serves hot meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the last full week of the month and from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, depending on availability. The meals are free and open to anyone. Organizations and churches volunteer to serve food, and the Salvation Army is always looking for help.
For information, call (440) 323-2026.
Contact Rania Shakkour at 329-7127 or rshakkour@chroniclet.com.

Upcoming hot meals at the Salvation Army, 716 Broad St.
* 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today
* 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday
* 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday
* 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday
Hot meals are served every Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. unless otherwise posted, and the last full week of the month.

National Honor Society students and volunteers help prepare meals at the Salvation Army.