Elementary Students Raise Money, Collect Food to Help Serve Seattle’s Homeless

Glenn Olson, Volunteer Engagement Manager for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, visited King’s Elementary today to inspire our students and thank them for helping to love people who many others might reject: specifically, people on the streets of Seattle who are often addicted to drugs or struggling with mental illness. King’s fourth grade students presented Mr. Olson with a check for $1,000, which they raised at this year’s Marketplace, along with about 1,000 pounds of food collected by King’s students in a food drive this week.  The donations will help serve about 500 homeless people in our community. Mr. Olson showed students a video portraying Jesus healing a leper and read Matthew 25:35-40 (“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”), encouraging them to continue to follow Jesus’ example by loving everyone, not just the people who are easy to love in our lives.