While Young at Heart is a club for seniors, their mission is to help all of Scotland County.
Recently the group of elders reached out to needy young people.
The club presented a $500 check to Project In As Much, which helps feed students who may not be getting adequate meals at home.
“We just felt that children are so important,” said Pauline Ivey, president of the Young at Heart Club. “There are many people without jobs in our county who can’t keep up feeding their children so we wanted to help where we could.”
Project in As Much founder, Virgina Ray, said the project began after organizers learned that there were a lot of Scotland County students so hungry that they have difficulty concentrating in class.
“You’ve been so kind to help,” Ray told the 17 members of the club present at a recent luncheon.”This is quite a surprise and a lot of children will be helped.”
The effort, which began in 2006 includes sending 635 bag lunches to 13 schools in the county. The brown paper bags typically contain a pudding cup, fruit snacks, cheese crackers, Slim Jims, peanut butter crackers and sweet cakes. The words “Jesus loves you” is inscribed on the side of the bags.
New Hope Baptist Church, along with five-member board of directors, help operate Project In As Much.
“You are to be praised,” Ray told the club. “Thank you so very much. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.”
The Young at Heart Club was organized in 1965 by Father Gallagan to offer seniors fellowship and recreation. The club also hosts an annual soup sale to help support area nonprofits.
The club welcomes new members 55 and older.