ROY -- About 250 Boys & Girls Club members kept themselves very busy assembling 200 hygiene kits, 200 school kits and sorting through shopping bags to donate to Your Community Connection, Catholic Community Services and Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank.
And they're not through yet. Club members are still bringing in more supplies all week long to keep the donations going.
The idea for the morning of service Monday came to Jeanne Hall late last week, when the Boys & Girls Club asked her to come speak to the students about service.
At first, she thought she was only speaking to the teens, but when she heard it was the whole Weber County club with children ages 6 to 18, she knew there needed to be some action attached to her talk. She got in contact with the LDS Humanitarian Center, which offered to donate a pallet of hygiene and school kits for the club members to assemble; then the staff at Boys & Girls Club started spreading the word to club members to bring in some donations as well.
Hall also contacted other board members for the Boys & Girls Club to share her plan. Other donations came in and an anonymous donor gifted another $1,000 for art supplies for the club itself.
"This is pretty great considering it all came together on Friday," Hall said.
Hall was also surrounded by volunteers, many from her Roy neighborhood, who had heard about the quickly planned project and wanted to help.
Adult volunteer Drew Denney was impressed with the kids and their willingness to help. It was his first time volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club.
"It was such an awesome experience," he said. "It was a neat thing, watching these kids participate in this."
Jordan Vanderhoof, 11, and Shannon Teseniar, 10, were inspired by Hall's words before they started assembling the kits.
"We are changing the world just a little bit at the time," Jordan said.
Shannon said doing the project made her think about how she helps others. She wants to do more.
"If I see homeless people and I have some cash, I really want to help them," she said.
Shannon feels encouraged to help in some ways because she now sees how even little things can change people's lives and, as she put it, "I feel really good inside."
As things were winding down, the kids clustered around the table where empty grocery bags were stacked high. They pushed air out and checked for holes. Hall told the kids that people who use the food bank need bags to bring their items home. Many of the kids said they hadn't thought of that.
"It's just something small we can do," said Carissa Dunn, who was walking around and taping up signs of where things were to go throughout the gymnasium.
Shannon, Jordan and Carissa all said they planned to bring in more items through the rest of the week to keep helping others. The kids were also happy the items will get to be used by local families, maybe even some of their friends.