Once a year, the children at the Wednesday afternoon Youth Club program at put their hands to labor.
In this case, it's a labor of community service and Christian giving. The children, with the help of adult volunteers, spend the afternoon bagging lunches that will be donated to the clients of St. John's Soup Kitchen in Newark.
This year, they made over 400 bologna sandwiches, packed 400 apples, 400 bags of cookies, and added 400 individual juice boxes. To make the lunches a little brighter, the children also added a handful of candy to each one.
As the afternoon progressed, volunteer Dave Johnson called out the number of bagged lunches completed until the children ran out of boxes and food. When it was done, they had made around 440 lunches for the clients in Newark.
Youth leader Amy Kolb led the children in song after the project was over. The Youth Club program has been making lunches for St. John's as an annual project for at least five years. The club is open to children in first through fifth grades.
For more information about the First Presbyterian Church or its Youth Club program, call the church at 973-228-0310.
Editor's Note: Elizabeth Moore, Regional Editor of Patch's Essex County sites, also volunteered for this program and is pictured in one of the photographs.