Thanksgiving is a time for BJA students to show their thankfulness for all they have by giving to those in need. This year each school level took on different projects that resulted in generous contributions to local ministries.
Elementary school students partnered with the BJU Ministry Class to be a blessing to needy families at Thanksgiving. Each grade level worked together to bring in various food items that together with the turkeys provided by university students, added up to a feast. This year elementary students brought in enough food to fill nearly 70 boxes. The items were sorted into gift boxes and distributed by BJU students just before Thanksgiving.
From Monday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 6, middle school students collected food items, cleaning supplies and other goods for their annual food drive for Miracle Hill Children’s Home. The week of homeroom competition featured collecting, sorting, counting, boxing and weighing a variety of grocery store products. Homerooms earned points by meeting collection goals in categories that included dry and canned goods, paper products, beverages, condiments, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. After students weighed each box of items, they loaded the boxes on a truck trailer provided by Miracle Hill. Homeroom 7-4, led by Mrs. Nelson, brought in over 3,200 pounds of items on Friday to overtake the other classes and win the competition. Overall, the 154-member student body collected over 12,200 items totaling over 21,100 pounds! On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the winning class traveled to MHCH to enjoy a pizza lunch, had a brief tour of one of the cottages, helped unload the truck, and saw how MHCH sorts and stores what BJA contributed.
Finally, high school students collected paper goods to be given to Shepherd’s Gate, a women and children’s shelter which is part of the ministry of Miracle Hill. Each class was assigned a particular item: freshmen brought in napkins; sophomores, tissues; juniors, paper towels; and seniors, toilet paper. The collection supplies Shepherd’s Gate with enough paper goods to last for months to come.