Northeast Tarrant

Spring Break volunteers help out food bank in Bedford

Spencer McDonald, 17, from Trinity High School cleans a warehouse floor with other volunteers at the New Hope Center in Bedford.
Spencer McDonald, 17, from Trinity High School cleans a warehouse floor with other volunteers at the New Hope Center in Bedford. Special to the Star-Telegram

Sherri Woods was searching online for spring break activities for her two daughters when she found a notice asking for volunteers to help out at the New Hope Center, a food bank serving Northeast Tarrant County.

“I thought, ‘Yes, this is something we can do as a family on spring break,’” Woods said.

So they spent Monday among the 70 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and did everything from sorting food and clothing to scrubbing floors at the New Hope Center, which is part of the 6Stones nonprofit organization. The New Hope Center provides emergency assistance to the needy, primarily those who live in Hurst, Euless and Bedford.

Woods, who teaches language arts at Stonegate Christian Academy in Irving, said she was glad to find a meaningful activity for her family.

Joe Ader, director of compassion ministries for 6Stones, told the volunteers that last year, 13,721 people came to the New Hope Center for assistance and that 13,000 students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district are on free and reduced-price lunches. About 300 people get assistance from the agency each week, according to its website.

The volunteers divided into groups and tackled projects in the large warehouse.

Bonnie Emerick and Lauren Sullivan, seniors at Trinity High School, took a break from scrubbing down a refrigerator to talk about their volunteer project.

“6Stones provides opportunities for us to give back collaboratively which makes more of an impact,” Sullivan said.

Euless volunter coordinator Jerry Poteet said he wasn’t surprised by the large number of people who came to help.

“It’s a joy,” Poteet said. “We always tell people to sign up in advance because slots fill up quickly.”

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz

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