Youth were encouraged to bring a $1 donation as well as an item that the Open Door uses on a daily basis to help run the ministry. Over the course of seven different weekends, beginning New Year’s Eve and ending on President’s Day weekend, youth collected and donated items such as non-perishable food and as paper products, as well as change from their own pockets.
“I’m always so pleased at how these youth give during our winter events. I know that for some of these churches, just getting to Lake Junaluska requires a lot of fundraising , so for them to give then on top of that means a great deal,” said Rev. Carolyn Poling, Director of Ministries with Young People at Lake Junaluska. “This is one of the many reasons why I love what I do! The Open Door is going to be able to bless so many people through this generous offering.”
The Open Door is a ministry of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church and is supported by many different congregations and organizations throughout Haywood County. The purpose of the Open Door Ministries is to feed the hungry, assist those in need, and to provide a safe Christian environment that offers Christ-centered educational programs and assistance to everyone.
For more information about youth ministries at Lake Junaluska, visit www.myp.lakejunaluska.com.