Saturday morning, around thirty teenagers and adult chaperons from Alachua (FL) drew a crowd at Robin's Nest Apartments by giving away several hundred articles of clothing, dozens of shoes, and a number of children's books. The youth group from Living Covenant Church spent the day playing games, teaching Bible stories, doing puppet shows, sharing lunch, and building friendships with the refugee kids who live there. Robin's Nest, on the southside of Jacksonville, is home to dozens of Burmese families.
The students, in route to the Winter Jam concert, came a day early to put on the "fun day" for the refugee kids. This is the second year that this group has visited Robin's Nest. They were deeply impacted by their "fun day" last year and requested to the leadership that they visit again. Although the donated items were given away in less than ten minutes, the children and many of their parents stayed around until late afternoon when the students left to go to the concert.
The girls in this youth group will be coming back in February, as part of an ACT Teen event for girls from all over Florida, to learn more about refugees and World Relief and to do a similar outreach in six different apartment complexes.