LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A West Louisville group designed a unique way to provide Christmas gifts for needy families.
City Life Shawnee created the opportunity for neighborhood kids to volunteer their time to help those in need.
Neighborhood kids put together meal packets that would feed six people and they were able to pick out gifts to give to their family members for Christmas.
Organizers of the even say it’s a way to break the cycle of welfare by teaching kids to earn.
“It’s very important for us to realize that all of us need to give back to the community instead of always expecting the community to give to us. So, we’re always looking for opportunities to serve each other, serve alongside each other and to build and empower our students to see that they have value,” Youth for Christ Executive Director Gregg McMullen said.
This marked the launch of City Life in Louisville and they’re hoping to grow the program throughout the metro area.
During the event, volunteers put together more than 5,000 meal packets that will feed an estimated 30,000 people.