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Crossing alternative students pack boxes for less fortunate

By February 24, 2012No Comments Posted: 3:51 PM Feb 24, 2012 It was all work and no play for the kids from Elkhart’s Crossing alternative school Friday morning. But they didn’t mind. They were at the Feed the Hungry warehouse in South Bend with a big goal in mind, packing a thousand boxes for those less fortunate. “We’re packing boxes to go down to New Orleans for a joint outreach for the NCAA,” Feed the Hungry Director Stefan Radelich said. “Feed the Hungry has been partnering with the NCAA over the last three years, in conjunction with their Final Four Community Days. Most of the kids at the Crossing, have their own share of worries and hardships. “So many broken families, parents in jail, drugs, alcohol, gangs,” Crossing teacher Tony Wiltse explained. Student Dustin Tetzlaff added, “I had a lot of things going on in my life, a lot of things I struggled with, a lot of things I didn’t know how to deal with.” But for a few hours, those troubles were packed away as students focused on helping others. “It feels good afterwards,” student Delshante Soker said with a smile. “You know, it’s hard work, but afterwards, the feeling is great.” In the process, some of the students even became the teachers. “Get out and come help,” student Devin Amberg said, encouraging other teens to volunteer. “It’s fun, and you’re doing it for something good.” “Don’t say you can’t do something,” Tetzlaff echoed. “Dream big.” For more information about Feed the Hungry, click on the Big Red Bar.]]>