Twelve USC Salkehatchie students spent several days of their Christmas vacation volunteering in Washington, D. C.  The trip was offered to students by the Abba’s Kitchen college ministry of First Baptist Church Allendale.  We Are Family, a non-profit organization serving senior citizens, utilized the students to bag and deliver groceries to an apartment complex for senior citizens.

Student Elijah Ukpong said he learned that “listening to the seniors was more important than the groceries.  It is important to make sure senior adults don’t get overlooked in the large city.”  The students also volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank, an organization helping to combat hunger in the D.C. area.

Afternoons and evenings were spent visiting memorials and monuments including the Smithsonian Museums, the National Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington memorials and all the war memorials.

“I will always remember standing with my friends on the steps where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech,” student Ashai Brown said.

“The Holocaust Museum, Dr. King’s speech, Arlington Cemetery, and the war memorials help our students to think of others and recognize the sacrifices that have been made in history” said Rev. Carol Holladay.