Dallas, Texas—By the numbers, a charitable project performed by residents of Highland Springs retirement community was a tremendous success.
Residents and employees volunteered to fill 236 shifts of 30-minutes each on August 23. They measured ingredients, sealed packages and boxed highly nutritious, life-saving meals to support the worldwide humanitarian relief organization, Kids Against Hunger.
The team created 18,372 meals immediately ready for shipment to children nearly 1,400 miles away in Honduras, according to Pastor Jamie Bruning. She serves as the Pastoral Ministries Coordinator at the Erickson Living retirement community.
Highland Springs and its Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) sponsored the activity, contributing a combined $5,000 to the project.
And they accomplished all of this in just five hours.
The meaning behind those efforts, though, provided inspiration for participants.
"This marked the fourth time that Highland Springs has taken on this project, and it continues to be a true labor of love," stated Pastor Bruning. "We literally had residents who wanted to stay beyond their scheduled shifts because they were having fun and knew the importance of what we were trying to achieve."
The Allen Kiwanis Club Foundation served as a valuable partner. The local group delivered supplies and took responsibility for shipping the meals following the event.
Carolyn Whelan, Chair of the IAC, served as one of the volunteer coordinators. A retired librarian with the nearby University of Texas at Dallas, she has lived at Highland Springs for eight years.
"The sense of teamwork made me the most proud," stated Ms. Whelan. "Residents from across campus volunteered their time for Kids Against Hunger. Seeing how happy they were to help others motivates me to find more worthwhile projects to which we could lend a helping hand."
The mission of Kids Against Hunger is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and throughout the world.
According to the organization, their meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins needed by children. The food also accommodates the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious customs around the world. The meals are easy to package, keep for long periods of time and require only boiling water to prepare.
For more information, please visit www.kidsagainsthunger.org.
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 925 residents. Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.