HCC Servant-Leadership "Hearts and Hands" campaign exceeds expectations

The official numbers are in for the annual Highland Community College Servant-Leadership campaign to feed hungry children through "Kids Around the World."

On April 4 and April 5, hundreds of students and community volunteers packed one meal at a time for the "Hearts and Hands for Hunger" program. The Servant-Leadership program originally set 60,000 meals as their goal, but a final count of meals packaged was 100,008.

There were a number of Kiwanis clubs, churches and individuals who volunteered their time to package meals that cost 25 cents per meal. Each meal is able to feed one hungry child. Sponsor tables made as many as 1,000 meals per table. In addition, many T-shirts were sold that generated thousands of meals for children.

Jones-Farrar Magnet School, led by their K-Kids club was able to raise sponsorship for more than 6,000 meals, and Tri-County Christian School sponsored more than 1,500 meals for children. It is estimated that more than 800 volunteers came together over the two-day period of "packing the meals."

"We did it one meal at a time," said Kim Pool, director of the HCC High School Servant-Leadership program. "Literally thousands of people in our community deserve to be recognized for their generous support of this project."

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