A group of students from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, chose to spend their winter break (which is Texas’s Spring Break) volunteering at Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter in Corpus Christi. From March 2-9, the 14 students and staff went to work at the shelter, painting, cleaning, and generally spiffing up the dorms. They also had the chance to test out and practice their Spanish as they got to know the residents, all unaccompanied refugee minors from Central America.
A fun and creative stop for the group was the Build-a-Bear Workshop® in Corpus, where they stuffed and lovingly finished 75 bears just for the Bokenkamp kids. They were able to make this generous contribution from their fundraising efforts prior to making the trip. These bears will give each new intake at Bokenkamp something warm and fuzzy that they can call their very own and hold onto during their difficult transition.
A trip to the Texas State Aquarium with six of the Bokenkamp boys was another highlight of the Wartburg group’s week. And what a treat it was for the lucky six, who were selected based on their length of stay and very good behavior at Bokenkamp.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi graciously hosted the student volunteers, and held a special dinner for them one night.
The Wartburg visitors ranged from sophomores to seniors, and one of them shared her experience in this blog:http://wartburgcollegeservicetrips.blogspot.com/?m=1