My name is Marshall Pearman and I am a member of the Saint Mary’s youth group. The youth group meets each Sunday at 6:00 P.M. and we discuss current world events/issues, discuss our ups and downs in life, and most importantly, discuss the life of Jesus and his teachings in the Bible. Also, the Saint Mary’s youth group does community outreach projects and activities. Especially during this time of lockdown due to the impact of Covid-19, we are given more opportunities to help out our community and benefit the church. One of the most recent youth group events we have been working on is unloading boxes of produce and distributing them to people in need.

Every Tuesday, the youth group team and their families gather in Edwards Hall and wait for a food delivery truck to arrive at the church. When the truck arrives, Norah Schramm, Walter Schramm, Olivia Pearman, Gavin Ducker, and I roll our dollies to the delivered crates of food from the truck. The crates consist of boxes and trays of produce such as strawberries, lettuce, grapefruits, and much more. Once we load our produce boxes, we push the dollies up the steep walkway and into the hall. This process takes a great deal of labor and will give you an amazing morning workout to start your day. Next, we unload the produce from the dollies and place them on sanitized tables, then repeat the process several times. Everybody who helps wears a mask so that they can stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. This wonderful church project may seem difficult but it is worth it for the community and for people in need. If you are interested in our beneficial cause, I encourage you to visit Saint Mary’s on Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30 to support the Saint Mary’s youth group!