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JBSA-Randolph Vacation Bible School attendees give back

By | 502nd Air Base Wing Chaplain's Office staff | July 23, 2014


Vacation Bible School was held at the JBSA-Randolph chapel June 23-27.  More than  300 children attended and 200 volunteers helped out.


In addition to the classes, VBS organizers sponsored a 5K fun run at Heritage Park to collect children's books for Seton Home, a local home for young mothers.


Three hundred books were delivered last week to the Seton Home.


 "Months ago, teens proposed the idea of the VBS fun run as a way to promote building a library so that the young mothers could read to their kids," Terese Gould, JBSA-Randolph Catholic youth coordinator, said.


"Most of the books came on the day of the race when 78 runners donated them as their entry fee, but many more were donated by different squadrons or individuals,"  Chaplain Mark McGregor, 502nd Air Base Wing chaplain, said. "It's inspiring to see how one teen's idea turned into such a fun way of doing real good for other teens in need."


The group also collected spare change during VBS to donate to the Operation Kid to Kid program, which helps provide clean water to villages in India. 


"The generosity related to VBS went far beyond the gates," Danette Blair, Protestant youth coordinator, said. "The $500 worth of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters collected during VBS helped many kids have safe drinking water."