Stillwater News Press


December 11, 2009

Youth groups compete for a good cause

Youth groups from the First Presbyterian churches of Norman and Stillwater united in friendly competition for a good cause.

In the first annual Bedlam Food Drive, the two youth groups collected more than 3,000 non-perishable food items to benefit the Community Action Pantry in Norman, Urban Mission in Oklahoma City, and Salvation Army and the Storehouse Food Pantry in Stillwater, said Everett Miller, associate pastor for youth at First Presbyterian Church of Norman.

“The food drive is a way we could make a difference locally and start affecting change globally,” said Jenna Campbell, director of youth and family ministry for First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater.

The FPC of Stillwater youth group won the inaugural “Golden Can” award, and the FPC of Norman youth group received the “Wait ‘Til Next Year Award.”

The winner was based on nutritional value of the donations. Each food item was assigned points according to nutritional value, Miller said.

Campbell said the two youth groups collected food items from Nov. 1 until Nov. 20.

On Nov. 21 the FPC of Norman youth traveled to Stillwater for the announcement of the Bedlam Food Drive winner.

They ate at a local restaurant, toured the Oklahoma State University campus, played games and attended a program on poverty and hunger with the FPC of Stillwater youth group, Miller said.

”At a time when our state is divided by our football loyalties, these two groups of young people demonstrated unity in their concern for Oklahomans in need,” Miller said.

Campbell said to prepare for the food drive, the Stillwater youth group spent a few weeks doing scripture study on hunger and took a tour of local food pantries to get an idea of the reality of hunger in Stillwater.

Through the experience, the group decided to award the points according to nutritional value.

“We could give a lot of ramen noodles, but that would not be nutritional for people,” Campbell said.

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