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MBU serves local community through campus-wide Service Day

Missouri Baptist University students, faculty and staff gave back to the community for the University’s second Service Day on April 4.

“I am very encouraged in seeing the MBU family lock arms to love and serve one another and the community during our Spring Service Day,” said  Campus Minister and Director of Faith and Service Aaron Lumpkin. “We completed several hundred combined hours of service through students participating in the Service Day with an economic impact of over $2300.”

Students pack backpacks for children in Ghana and St. Louis.

On April 4, the MBU community prepared 500 backpacks, which were donated by the North American Mission Board, with school supplies. Of the 500, 350 backpacks were for children in St. Louis as well as 150 backpacks for children in Ghana. A team of students will be going to Ghana for an educational trip in May under the direction of Dr. Amy Harrison, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership.

In addition, more than 300 teddy bears were cut, stitched and stuffed with Sharing Smiles, a non-profit led by MBU student Lindsey Peters, which gives the stuffed animals to children in local hospitals.

Clothes were donated with Threads in coordination with MBU sorority Gamma Delta Sigma. Fundraising from the clothes sold in the fall semester will support the International Justice Mission.

Students stuff bears for children with illnesses for Sharing Smiles.

“I long to see Service Days act as a launch pad for students, faculty, and staff to engage the community and the world with service and love,” Lumpkin said. “I believe MBU will impact the community in ways we have yet to imagine. Our graduates will go out into the work force with a DNA marked by service and love.”

This semester, the Office of Faith and Service also introduced the on-campus Sharing Shop, where students in need can go for assistance. Non-perishable food, clothes and personal items such as toothbrushes and laundry detergent were also donated on Service Day to help stock the shop.

Service Days were introduced to the University during the Presidential Inauguration of MBU’s seventh president, Dr. Keith Ross. Hosted by the campus Office of Faith and Service—in collaboration Special Events, ResLife, Student Activities and other organizations both on and off campus—the event will become an ongoing activity for the MBU family each semester.