Meeting new people and making connections

ROAR... Kids that attended Roar VBS camp this past week ended with a program and dinner on Wed., August 7.

Photo by Heidi Hertensen/Valley News

A summer kids’ event that has been around for over 20 years kicked off on Sunday, August 4. Roar VBS, directed by Lynda Marshall, has a vast variety of things the kids get to do in four days. There is singing, crafts, games and Bible lessons. They also collected food to donate to the Shenandoah Food Pantry during camp. The event ended with a program on Wednesday, August 7 in the St. Mary’s fellowship hall.

“There are so many different volunteers from the community it is fun to meet a lot of different people,” said Jenni Hansen. Hansen is one of many that volunteer during the four days. “I love seeing the kids light up and make connections,” said Hansen.

The six local churches involved in this event are St Mary’s Catholic, Congregational, First Presbyterian, First Christian, Emmanuel Lutheran and Community of Christ. Each church helps fund the event. They also receive grants from the Kay Anderson and Charles Hockenberry foundations. “The two foundations have been very generous over the years and we are very thankful,” said Hansen.

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