Church Tweens Raise Funds for Kids in Affordable Housing

Aug 24, 2016

August 24, 2016
Media Contact: Candice Bennett, (703) 768-9404

Church Tweens Raise Funds for Kids in Affordable Housing

School may be out for the summer, but some local tweens engaged in their own lessons of charity.

Instead of spending time at the pool or playing video games, some of the youngest members of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church raised $400 for the children of families residing in housing provided by Good Shepherd Housing as part of a week-long Mission Possible Kids Camp developed and led by the Rev. Abi Foerster.

The church group, comprised of rising fourth to seventh grade students, earned money via a car wash, then purchased bags and the supplies to fill them with for 12 kids living in Good Shepherd Housing apartments.   “Children are never too young to learn the importance of serving others and when given the opportunity can often achieve what many adults might deem the impossible,” says Rev. Foerster.

The canvas totes contained:

  • a nightlight
  • a toothbrush
  • a washcloth
  • a toy
  • a bookmark
  • a piece of candy
  • 3 books
  • a plush toy hand-made by the campers.

“It’s heartwarming and inspiring to work with students striving to help others in their community,” says GSH President David Levine.

“The children we serve here at GSH, and their families — we give them some stability, but it’s personal touches like this, children to children, that really make an apartment feel like a home for these kids.”

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
An independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working-class families in Fairfax County for over 40 years. With a $2.5 million annual budget, GSH oversees more than 80 housing units and helps more than 1,000 families and individuals in need.

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