The Rogers County Salvation Army Food for Kids Program packaged 14,500 meals for 441 kids in all eight Rogers County school districts this school year.
Among the volunteers packaging lunches in April were the organization’s oldest and youngest volunteers ever, working together to ensure that hungry kids have something to eat every day.
Sunny Rose celebrated her 101st birthday by volunteering and 4-year-old Parker Grace Smith joined her grandparents during Harvest Baptist Church’s regular volunteer day.
“It was joy to have Sunny with us again,” said Salvation Army representative Angie Graves. Roe volunteers with the Foods for Kids Program when she was 97.
Roe volunteered the day before her 101st birthday, so the other volunteers of Harvest Baptist Church surprised her with a birthday cake.
Parker’s mother Lauren Smith said, “Parker doesn’t understand the concept behind it yet, but she knows she is helping other kids.”
Harvest Baptist Church is one of dozens of groups that volunteer with the Food for Kids Program. On that night they packaged 425 meals for kids.
“We’re sad that there are so many kids that need these groups, but we’re so happy that we’ve had so many volunteers,” Graves said.
“We’ve never been in that situation, but if we ever are I hope there are programs like this to help,” Lauren said.
Graves said, “We’ve been really blessed to have so much support.”