David Ghantous, a Culinary Arts student graduating in 2014, spent part of his recent break volunteering in Moore, OK to help with clean-up after the devastating tornado destroyed much of the city.
We caught up with David now that he is back on campus for the Summer quarter.
Did you travel to Moore with a group or organization?
I traveled down there on my own. I went to a church to see where I can help out and ended up working with an organization called Samaritan’s Purse.
What was the most powerful part of your trip?
The most powerful part was when I arrived at the elementary school memorial where several children were killed in the disaster. As I walked up beside many other visitors, I was overcome with emotion – it is very sad and unfortunate. It really allowed me to see that I was out there volunteering my time and services for an important reason, for those who cannot do so for themselves.
What was your favorite part of your time in Oklahoma?
The fellowship. It was really rewarding for me to be surrounded by other volunteers all working towards the same goal, helping out one another. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
Would you recommend this kind of trip to other students?
Definitely! People all over the country need help from us. If you have never done a volunteer project like this I highly recommend it. It is really humbling to see the strength of the people who were affected by such a tragedy. The difference that one person can make is tremendous!
Many Kendall students have made a difference in their communities. On campus, Kendall Cares offers regular volunteer opportunities to students, faculty and staff. Visit the Kendall Cares Facebook page to find out more about the club and check out what they are up to this quarter!