WRALL West team helps distribute bags to needy children

awoolen@macon.comJuly 17, 2013 

PERRY -- Southside Baptist Church provides blessing bags each Friday to needy children in the Perry area to feed them on the weekends.

For a few hours Friday, the boys from the Warner Robins American Little League West District 5 championship team helped to deliver the food.

Shay Wester is the father of one of the players and works at Southside.

“It’s a good service project to give the boys since some of their bats are worth more than these kids spend in a month on food,” Wester said.

The weekday program is done by the Houston County Board of Education.

Southside started its summer program this year after learning about the need.

About 4,000 meals are delivered through the school system, Wester said.

The clear plastic bags are filled with macaroni and cheese, bottled water, a juice box, an oatmeal packet, crackers, pretzels and applesauce. Each child receives two bags, one for Saturday and another for Sunday.

At Ashford Place Apartments in Perry, the 13 boys lined up in their WRALL shirts and handed out bags, adding a smile and “have a good weekend.”

Jason Wester, who previously has helped his father deliver the bags, said he thought it was an important part of being in the community.

“I think it’s a good experience,” he said. “I like coming out and seeing kids so happy to get food.”

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