On Wednesday, Aug. 25, members from the Torch Club of the Haslam Family University Boys & Girls Club in Knoxville donated $302 to the Coq Chante orphanage in Haiti. The Haslam Family University Club is a member of Boys & Members Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.
The members raised the money through a teen-based service program called Dinners with a Mission, through which they sell tickets to parents and family members for theme-based meals that they prepare themselves. All profits from these ticket sales were donated to White Stone Church, which supports and sends funds to the orphanage in Haiti.
On the day of a Dinners with a Mission event, Torch Club members are responsible for preparing meals, serving them to other club members, parents and community members and presenting information about preselected charities and non-profits.
Throughout the course of Dinners with a Mission, guided discussions are provided to promote critical thinking about community needs. The activities provide members with experience in the democratic process, practicing researching and developing service projects, budgeting and collaborating with their community and feedback from a final review.
Sarah Malak, Ackermann PR