By Terra Downey
MWR Marketing Technician
Teens affiliated with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Teen Center handed out sandwiches, waters and care packages to over 200 people in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event was organized by the MWR Teen Center's Keystone Teen Leadership participants as part of a monthly teen night event night called #WeOwnFriday. The #WeOwnFriday nights are organized by teens, for teens with the goal of attracting and engaging new, non-Club teens through events, meetups and programs.
February's #WeOwnFriday project featured "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" where teens encouraged other teens and parents to donate needed items to make 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. Along with the items needed for the sandwiches they also asked for bottled water, personal care items and clothing.
The teens prepared the items on Friday and set out on Saturday to donate. First they donated the women's, men's and children's clothing to Trinity Rescue Mission. Next, they gave out sack lunches and care packages with hygiene items at the Shell gas station across from the rescue mission. The hygiene items were so popular that the group purchased more soap and shampoo at the Dollar Store to hand out immediately. The final stop was near Hemming Plaza where the teens handed out the remaining sack lunches and waters.
"This experience was truly one to remember," commented Brandy Wolfe, Teen Coordinator. "We sometimes take for granted the things we use every day, such as soap and shampoo, when there are people right in our town who don't have access to these necessities."
The event was so successful that the MWR Teen Center is planning to do similar community service projects in the future. The MWR Teen Center offers an array of special events, field trips and clubs on a monthly basis which provides a sense of community and a social outlet for the teens involved. For more information about the MWR Teen Center, please visit www.navymwr.mayport.com.