Religious group receives donations for summer fun for Noyes Home | Social services
Young members of a local church are mobilizing to help the children of Noyes Home For Children have fun during the summer.
A group from Brookdale Church collects donations for the Noyes Home. One of those who volunteered to help is new Central High School recruit Kennedy Sponseller.
“Anything that reminds you of summer, they can use it,” Sponseller said. “If it’s towels, chalk, sunscreen, bug spray, for example, they can use any of them.”
The “Help Noyes Home Beat the Heat” drop-off will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 16 and 17 at Brookdale Church, 203 S. 31st St.
The group would like to collect other items including summer clothes, bandages, sandals, sunscreen, sports balls, swimwear and aloe.
Fourth-year high school students will lead efforts to bring supplies to Noyes House, and the plan is to drop off the supplies on June 18.
Sue Bolander is the director of children’s ministry at Brookdale Church, and she said the ultimate goal of the effort “is to give glory to God.”
The church normally takes missionary road trips, but that changed last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the group had a sandwich bag assembly line through InterServ aimed at feeding flood victims on the south side.
“We called it a ‘go to the local’ mission trip and we had a lot of fun,” Bolander said.
Spseller was responsible for spreading peanut butter on bread on this assembly line.
“It’s really great after that,” Sponseller said. “Kind of like an adrenaline rush, but like different.”
This year’s “Beat the Heat” campaign is actually one of three missions offered by Brookdale Church this summer. The other two are out of state.
“The college kids are going to go to South Dakota and our high school kids are going to go to Kentucky,” Bolander said.