Representatives from several Asbury University athletic teams - soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, baseball, cheerleading and more - took shifts packing boxes full of food Thursday at Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville, Ky.
The Asbury students and coaches volunteering were working alongside Southland and Lifeline Christian Missions in an effort to send more than 1 million boxes of food to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. In each box there are bags that contain a precise amount of dehydrated vegetables, rice and vitamin powders that become a life-sustaining meal when mixed with boiling water.
"We were ecstatic to be a part of this program," said Asbury University Athletics Director Mark Perdue. "It's great to be a part of a community that wants to make a difference and this was a great project for Asbury athletics to be involved in during this season of giving."
In addition to the work on Thursday, Asbury University donated several hundred dollars obtained through the KIAC - the athletic conference Asbury participates in - and via fund-raising efforts by individual athletic teams.