How Teens Are Making A Difference One Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich At A Time

Some children are driven by video games, others by sports, and yet others are driven by a heart ready to serve. Encouraging teens to be humanitarians teaches leadership skills, which are indispensable in nearly any type of career an individual may choose. Spark the Wave, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to train and mentor future leaders, helps young people to turn their empathy into action through community service. One such event, “Sandwich Days”, is feeding the homeless by the masses. Wave Week is a community service seminar held by Spark the Wave. Held every year for a week in July, Wave Week inspires thousands of teens to make an impact in the communities in which they live. This has inspired a wave of humanitarian events, including coordinating Sandwich Days.

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After attending Wave Week, one group of high school students from Woodrow Wilson High School decided to make a change in their Washington D.C. community. Led by Josh Kennedy-Noce and D’Mani Harrison-Porter, over 250 teens at the school donated ingredients to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These teens meet in the school's atrium and construct sandwiches to feed the homeless on an on-going basis.

Woodrow Wilson is not the only school serving its community. The “Sandwich Day” initiative is sweeping the nation with many schools joining in on the cause. A student group known as the “Giving Tree” from Walled Lake Central High School in Plymouth, Michigan donates PB&J sandwiches to their local homeless shelter, while Michigan State University students formed the “Project Downtown” outreach where they feed local homeless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with string cheese, fresh fruit, cookies and hand out water. The numbers of our nation’s homeless and hungry continue to grow. Along with the students at many of these schools, you can help provide free sandwiches by donating to Operation Sandwich, The Hunger Site's own initiative to provide sandwiches to those in need in Seattle, Washington.

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