BUCKHANNON — Summer is typically a time to relax and enjoy a school-free environment until August rolls back around.
However this may not be true for children who rely on a school lunch everyday. Because of this, Restoring Hope of Buckhannon has organized a free Summer Food Wagon at 46 Meadowland trailer park at 11:30 a.m. July 12 and 26. The food wagon is designed like a summer picnic with packaged lunches being offered, and Restoring Hope will provide vouchers for an ice cream truck that will make an appearance for dessert. Meals will be provided to kids ages 1-17 who live at the trailer park.
Jessica Bohman, the executive assistant and community impact director of Restoring Hope, said the goal of the food wagon is to make in impact in the small community.
“Our overall goal is basically to build relationships with the people who live out in the trailer park,” Bohman said. “Because some people really struggle to feed their kids when they aren’t in school, but we also really just want to have fun with them.”
Restoring Hope has been in Buckhannon for three years, but began operations in California. Bohman said she wants people to know that Restoring Hope is not just a charity.
“Restoring Hope does a lot of community impact events, counseling, training and consulting with churches,” Bohman said. “We are not a charity; we want to help people help other people and encourage a cycle of people just helping each other.”
Restoring Hope organizes different events that coincide with the time of the year. Warm Them Up is an event where Restoring Hope provides warm clothes to children who do not have access to proper winter clothes. The Santa Clause is an event where Restoring Hope provides a Santa Clause to make sure children have Christmas presents. We Care is where Restoring Hope makes care packages and visits the elderly, while Fix It is an event where the organization recruits qualified people to fix things for the elderly.
“It’s crazy how we want to do something and the community just comes behind us and we get to do it,” Bohmnan said. “It’s just awesome and crazy that we have already done all these impactful things.”
Restoring Hope is always looking for more volunteers in the community and more people to participate in their events. Bohman said attending or volunteering is always a rewarding experience.
“People can expect to have fun and spend time with kids and the elderly.” Bohman said. “They can expect to serve lunches, run a game and get to know everyone involved and have their hearts changed by learning more about our community.”
More information about Restoring Hope can be found at www.Rhope.us or by calling Bohman at 304-439-4308.