50 Torch Club members raised money, collected toys, and purchased some essentials food items to send to Nuevo Santo Domingo, Guatemala. This is an extension of a prior year Keystone Club project that helped the people of the village install safe cooking stoves in their homes. Joe Walenciak, a JBU professor, makes the trip to Guatemala 6 times a year and delivered the goods. The Torch Club wanted to find a way to help these kids who live on an old dump site and help their parents collect trash to make goods to sell in order to survive. Over 500 small toys that could fit in their pockets, such as hot wheels and Barbie Dolls, were collected and sent along with 252 bags of rice. The project was called Gifts to Guatemala and fit-in with the Torch Club’s overall theme of practicing kindness in the home, at school, in the Club, in the community, and in the world. Professor Walenciak said that many of the girls were from a local orphanage and had never received a toy. They were in such awe that the entire time his team was there he said, “they just brushed the dolls hair over and over again”.
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