Thirteen-year-old Ty Gingerich knocked on doors and collected canned foods for those in need on his day off Sunday because helping others is something Jesus would do.
“I’m trying to be more like Jesus,” he said.
He joined more than 100 other area youth who pounded the pavement to collect canned foods for the Kokomo Rescue Mission during the annual “Yes, We Can” food drive.
The event brought in 18,042 pounds of food for the rescue mission.
It didn’t come without some work, though.
On Sunday afternoon, 54 teams of kids set out on a scavenger hunt to find the foods the rescue mission needs the most — canned fruits, canned vegetables and canned meals like ravioli.
All canned foods were accepted, of course, but those items were the ones that would earn kids prizes because of their demand at the rescue mission.
Each team chose a neighborhood and set out to knock on as many doors there as possible.
Fifteen-year-old Hannah Gollner and her team from Mount Gilead Baptist Church spent hours walking through Indian Heights Subdivision in search of canned foods.
Their job really wasn’t that tough, though. The people there were generous and prepared, she said.
“One lady was waiting out on her porch with cans,” she said. “It was awesome.”
Another woman in the neighborhood asked the kids for a box and disappeared. When Gollner started wondering where the lady was, she reappeared, dragging the box behind her. She had filled it with 10 different foods.
Thirteen-year-old Ellie Tice was collecting as many cans of green beans as she could find Sunday. But sometimes, people just didn’t have green beans in their home.
Instead, some of them gave foods that Tice said were, well, interesting.
“It’s really fun to see what people come up with,” she said.