This month, Youth as Resources (YAR) members gathered to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11 and to rekindle a spirit of unity and compassion in the Harvey County community. On September 11th weekend, 11 youth and a few adult sponsors arrived at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter with backpacks, art supplies and ingredients for cookie baking in tow. The youth worked all day mixing and baking over 150 cookies which they assembled into gift plates and delivered to Newton Police,  Fire/EMS department and to shelter residents.

In addition to baking cookies,  the youth donated backpacks and arts and craft supplies to the shelter. The backpacks will be used by shelter residents that are in need of a way to carry essential items while travelling by foot or bicycle to jobs ect. and the crafts will provide shelter children with a positive outlet and enrich their life during their time at the shelter.

In the down time while baking, conversations between youth, adult volunteers and shelter staff turned into memories of 9/11. Youth listened as adults shared about that tragic day, recalling where they were when they heard the news and the amazing stories of bravery and compassion from EMS and fellow citizens. In fact, many of the youth involved with the project were born after the event. Youth commented; “9/11 reminds me to show love to my family every day”, “to do something positive in the world in honor of those who lost their lives and those who serve our country.”

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