Beacon News: Haiti relief adds to PBA’s 2 million Workship hours

By Samone Davis
Contributing Writer

Reaching out to a desperate country, Palm Beach Atlantic University students contributed to Haiti relief efforts by loading and unloading supplies at Missionary Flights International in Ft. Pierce.

As Workship volunteers, students helped package 600 pounds of food, 13 boxes of hygiene and first aid supplies, 30 cases of water and more than 40 bags of clothes.

Photo courtesy of Workship

“Participating in the [Haiti relief] Workship was heart-warming,” said freshman Timeelah MiAnn, “Being there really put things in perspective for me and it made me realize how blessed I am.”

Missionary Flights International has been flying from Florida to Haiti daily since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Workship students helped on Jan. 23.

Workship kicked off this semester with the Martin Luther King Challenge on Monday, Jan. 18. More than 130 students participated.

For the Challenge, students helped organize a block party for neighborhood children at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. Others went into neighborhoods to clean up the parks, landscape the lawns of elderly residents and visit retirement homes.

The Workship department recently created a new opportunity at the Rosemary Village Afterschool Program. Students involved spend their time playing games, making arts and crafts and helping children with their homework Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 5:15.

Ongoing Workship Projects include Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Armory Art Center and Family Program and more.

PBA students have provided the community with more than two million hours of service.

Each student volunteers at least 45 hours every school year to non-profit agencies, schools and churches through the Workship office.

“I love being a Workship leader, and seeing God work through the lives of his children is really amazing,’’ said sophomore Lindsay Lowe. “This has really been an encouragement for me to look above and beyond my own needs when working to help others around the community and beyond.”

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