The Transylvania Times -

Young People Take The MLK Challenge

 


Students from Brevard College, the Boys & Girls Club and Rise and Shine Freedom School volunteered throughout Transylvania County on Monday as part of the college’s MLK Challenge.

This was the third year for the student-led service project. Students sliced potatoes at the Bread of Life; cleaned and organized Western Carolina Community Action’s Tiger Town thrift store; painted at El Centro and The Sharing House; made soup for Hospice of Transylvania County; deep cleaned at The Family Place and the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church Preschool; built shelves for a storage unit at The Haven; and made fleece tied blankets for area families.

They also performed random acts of kindness, which included delivering stuffed animals to the pediatric unit at the Transylvania Regional Hospital, pumping gas for others at a gas station and buying canned goods for the local food bank.

The students were happy to take on the challenge.

“I can go to class any day, but today I wanted to make an impact in the community,” said Brevard College student Lindsey Carscaddon.

“You never know how far a little bit of kindness will go,” said Marley Garman, a Brevard College freshman from Michigan.

The students inspired Brevard College Director of Annual Giving Julie McCay, who was also a group leader for the day.

“I'm just blown away by the philanthropic initiative they take,” she said. “What a great way to honor Dr. King by helping others in our community.”

As part of the challenge, students were required to purchase or find donations for the resources/supplies needed to complete their community projects.

Local businesses offered to discount or donate resources and/or supplies included Food Lion, Go Grocery Outlet, Harris Ace Hardware, Jenning’s Builder Supply, Kmart, Lowes, Bi-Lo and Sherwin-Williams.

 
 

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