“The smiles are absolutely contagious over here,” said Allison Belles, director of social media for Feeding Children Everywhere. “Are you all having fun?”
Arms shot up in the air and hands starting shaking. This is the sign for applause in American Sign Language. The group from the Deaf Ministries at Clearwater Calvary Baptist showed their excitement about packaging meals for the hungry in Haiti.
The CCB Deaf Ministries was started in 1974. Now, with 75 members strong, the group participates in volunteer projects around the world.
“The group has a direct connection with this packing event,” said Jan Duttry, leader of the ministries. “We are going to Haiti in a few months and our group was excited to be packaging meals that might even be eaten by the people we are helping.”
Duttry started working with the CCB Deaf Ministries in 1984. She and her husband, Tom, felt as though, “the Lord had been planting seeds with us for many years to work with the deaf.”
The CCB Deaf Ministries was so impressed by their first Feeding Children Everywhere event, that they plan to attend the Tampa Regional Office event on April 7, 2012. Over 25 members have already signed up to attend.
“This group loves to take on any challenge and feeding the hungry is something close to each of their hearts,” exclaimed Duttry with a smile. “They use their hands so much, it’s easy for them to realize their hands were given to them for more than just signing, but touching lives.”