Last June, participants in the Vacation Bible School program at Grace Home Church in Grand Cane, Louisiana, wanted to help a local organization. They chose Shriners Children’s Shreveport because it helps so many children, said Pastor Tommy McMellon. More than 50 children and approximately 20 adult volunteers participated in a “heavy money” challenge, meaning all donations needed to be coins, and those with heaviest donation won the challenge. The children raided their piggy banks and asked friends and relatives to contribute their change. Combined, the children raised $1,000, which the church matched for a total donation of $2,000 to Shriners Children’s Shreveport.
McMellon said they were blessed to be able to help and are hopeful that other churches and groups will consider taking up the challenge as well.
The children are looking forward to a tour of the hospital in the future.
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