Cypress School Partners with Northwest Harvest

July 01, 2012 | Lowell Dunston

Cypress Adventist School in Lynnwood, Wash., has a 15-year partnership with Northwest Harvest (NWH), an organization that supplies food items to food banks across the state of Washington.

Cypress students collect non-perishable items every November, usually bringing in more than 1,000 pounds. Upper-grade students package food each month at the NWH warehouse in Kent, Wash.

NWH has become the students' favorite community service experience. Listen, as they share what it means to them:

"When I go I feel happy that I've made a difference in our community." — Daniela

"It's meaningful because it gives me a chance to feed the poor, and I feel good inside because I helped somebody in need." — Rebecca

"The love we share goes to people all around Washington." — Savannah

"I like it that we are helping less fortunate people and we have fun doing it." — Mesale

"To me it means that we are helping and maybe even saving lives." — Sarai

"You feel that you just might be saving someone's life." — Elizabeth

"I like going because it gives me a chance to help people in need." — Dakota

"The only part about NWH that I don't like is leaving." — Isaak

Every time students go to NWH, they are enacting the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40: "Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to Me."