By Lydia Dunn

Site Leader, Hilliard Church of Christ

Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids 2016

20160622_124528Week one of camp just ended and I am beyond words.

Day One:  This is my first year leading a lunch site and I could not have been more excited for camp to begin.  It also comes with its fair share of nerves.  However, as I approached the doors less than an hour before the arrival of the 50+ pre-registered children, a mom accompanies me to register her daughter that has attended camp at least the three summers I have worked for SON Ministries. Handling the family with excitement – and thankfulness for their attendance –  I began to prepare the site for camp.

After they were finished with their paperwork, the mom pulled me aside and said, “This camp is a lifesaver for my family. I can go to work and know that [she] is well cared for and having fun.” I thanked her immensely.  The mother had no idea how encouraging her words were.

Less than twenty minutes later, 93 children showed up to receive a nutritious lunch and build positive friendships.

Do we realize the impact we have? That SON Ministries and this program has?   Take out the numbers, take out the registration papers, this family said we are LIFE-savers. As the summer continues, I pray that SON Ministries continues to extend Jesus’ love by not only being lifesavers, but also life-GIVERS to the families in our communities.

Day Three: Over 100 children attended three of our lunch sites this week on at least one day. How incredibly fortunate are we to be serving this community full of LIFE.

At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families facing poverty, by connecting them to people, resources and a HAND UP.

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