Her team collected weird foods like cream of shrimp, corned beef and anchovies.
“The anchovies were in a glass jar, and you could see this little skeleton thing,” she said. “It was gross.”
Officials with the rescue mission, though, decided that the most bizarre food of the day was pickled okra.
Kids laughed when they heard about that.
But many knew the event had a serious mission. They were there to help others.
And Tice was happy to do it.
“I did this just to help out around the community,” she said. “It’s our turn to give back.”
A woman named Nikki told the kids their generosity will have a profound impact on her life.
Nikki, who asked that her last name be left out, is a resident at the rescue mission’s domestic violence shelter.
She lives there with her 3-year-old daughter.
And the kids’ work on Sunday will ensure that she and her daughter have access to healthy, balanced meals every day.
That’s not something she had when she was a kid. When Nikki was 12 years old, she and her brother ran away from home.
Their mom was making bad decisions, she said. Nikki and her brother were afraid they’d end up in foster care and be separated from each other.
To prevent that, they left home and lived on the streets.
“We found food any way we could,” she told the kids.
Sometimes they ate food from dumpsters behind restaurants. Around Halloween, they’d collect as much candy as they could and sometimes eat only that through much of the winter, she said.
She wants more for her daughter, she said. And the food the kids collected will help.
“I thank you so much,” she told the youth gathered Sunday. “I know my 3-year-old thanks you, too.”