The quartet of middle school-aged girls’ smiles brightened the overcast day as they skipped away from the Centralia First Baptist Church.
On a 60-degree day with no school, regardless of why, a free sack-lunch consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a multigrain bar, chips and bottled water can be a fun thing, a reason to get out of the house and enjoy a moment without thinking about what might be over the horizon.
That was one of the scenes at the First Baptist Church where Pastor Chris Baker and volunteers were handing out sack lunches to the school-age folk.
Baker said he and the eight or so volunteers who had assembled the 100 sack lunches were doing so in the hope of helping make things a little better.
“My hope is the things we are doing now, on the front-end, will blunt things on the back end,” he said after handing out what turned out to be the last of 30 lunches handed out.
Baker the program is intended to supplement what the Centralia R-VI School District will begin doing Monday, April 23, by filling the gap for those 18 and under who might need or appreciate a lunch.
Those lunches are available at the church’s east entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the school’s program beginning Monday, Baker said.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.