Students Pay It Forward In U.S. & Overseas

(SIOUX CITY, IA) - Elementary to college kids in Sioux City are making a difference for people who need help here in the U.S. and overseas. Heelan and Briar Cliff students have both taken time out of the classroom to make meals and rebuild homes.

"You got so many hands doing it so it makes light work," said Bishop Heelan senior Matthew Sevier.
In just three hours, students made more than 50,000 meals for families in Honduras. The Bishop Heelan students packed meals for the 'Then Feed Just One' program. They only spent about 45 minutes each during their shift, but you'd be surprised how much they got done. Filling, sealing, and packing up meals, each student had a specific job. "When you really think about it, it's actually easy to help people out and do something simple that actually benefits hundreds of people," said Sevier. "While Bishop Heelan spends the day packing meals for families in other countries... Briar Cliff students reminisce about their spring break." "Just being able to let loose for a week and help other people is just such a powerful experience that most people don't get to do," said Briar Cliff senior Logan Murray. Joplin, Missouri, is still recovering from a tornado that tore through the town nearly two years ago. "I felt like I had a great sense of purpose. And you can experience some of the sadness with the owners, but you can also experience some of the joy," said Courtney Kayton, a junior at Briar Cliff. In Kansas City, students pitched in at the 'Jerusalem Farm', repairing homes for the poor while living a simple lifestyle for the week. "Getting out of your little bubble of your life and realizing that some people don't have all of the great things that you do," said Briar Cliff sophomore Rachel Mirose. From half a world away to just a few hours from home, these students are learning to pay it forward at any age.

More than 1,000 students pitched in to make meals for the 'Then Feed Just One' program. They packed 121,212 meals on Thursday.