Bright Futures Volunteer Continuously Helping Children For Nine Years | KSNF / KODE

NEOSHO, Mo. – In tonight’s dose of good news… Most people go to the YMCA to work out, play basketball or take a yoga class. But that’s not always the case on Wednesdays in Neosho.

“Clearly you love doing this, you’ve only missed a week in the past nine years, so how much longer do you see yourself doing this?” KODE reporter Jacob Kaufman asked.

“Until I can’t,” said David Lee, Bright Futures Neosho volunteer.

That’s what Bright Futures Neosho volunteer David Lee has to say about packing weekend food bags for kids. Since the program started 10 years ago, Lee has only missed one day in the past nine years.

“Well, anything to help a child. You know some of the older, older people cause their own problems, but the kids haven’t had a choice yet, so I’m just trying to help as much as I can with them, ”Lee said.

Reunited in the “Neosho Freeman Family YMCA,” Lee and others work in an assembly line. Packaging of non-perishable products such as cereals, dumplings, ramen and more.

“It’s all worth it if I can help someone you know. So we start early in the morning, go get it, bring it here and install it, ”Lee said.

Once the bags are packed, they are then organized into sections by school. Where they are then distributed throughout the week.

“They can do it very efficiently and quickly. And get the job done in under an hour, they’re over 200 bags packed, ”said Deedee Dowell – Neosho Bright Futures coordinator.

While the pace is impressive, it is their love for children that impresses Dowell.

“The passion they have for making sure these bags are packed and that the kids who bring them home on the weekends have this food for the weekend is not only inspiring, but it is just right. an amazing thing to watch every week, ”said Dowell.

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