As many schools were closed on Jan. 21 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students at Wheeling County Day School took the day to give back to the Ohio Valley through several community service projects.
Their first project included delivering hand-warmers and heartwarming messages to the homeless men and women who stay at the Winter Freeze Shelter at Youth Services System.
“The children were eager and full of excitement,” said Lychel Shrodes, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker at YSS. “They were full of questions, asking why people are homeless, do kids come, what do they do during the day, and so on.”
The Winter Freeze Shelter is open seven days a week, 9:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. until March 15. Guests will recieve a hot meal, bed, and medical checkups from Project HOPE.
In addition to their visit to YSS, students also volunteered at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Marshall County Animal Sheter, and the Oglebay Insitute Towngate Theatre.
“No fireplace roaring with flames can warm that place in a lonely man’s soul like a caring child’s smile,” said John Moses, the CEO of YSS. “And this morning the room was filled with them. Thank you Wheeling Country Day School, and the compassionate adults shaping their lives.”