By Mina Blaylock, Olivia Montalvo, and Jenna Stahlman
Knoxville – On Sept. 18, Johnson University Tennessee students participated in a service day of outreach, K-19, within the local community.
K-Day provides the opportunity for Johnson to serve the surrounding area by helping various ministries and organizations, featuring Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, CAC Beardsley Community Farm, local churches, as well as many others .
Many students participated in landscaping and clean-up around facilities, while others spent the day painting, preparing food, or whatever task was assigned to them.
Volunteers at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Knoxville spent the day helping with many outside projects including laying mulch, clearing brush, and planting flowers.
“‘Life’s a garden,'” Gavin Cypret, a student who served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, said. “‘Just dig it,’ [said] Joe dirt.”
The Love Kitchen in Knoxville was also another ministry at which students were able to volunteer. The students worked alongside Jerry Shelly, who has been a volunteer at The Love Kitchen for 36 years.
“They’re family,” Shelly said. “It’s…it becomes…it’s like the people here, the volunteers and…they all become like family and stuff. It’s just, and friends…it’s wonderful.”
A group of students also spent their day sprucing up the grounds of Yoke Youth Ministries.
“I came here today to just sort of test it out and see if I like the program and hopefully do my SALT hours here for the rest of the semester,” Caitlin Smith said.
Students arrived back to campus by 4 p.m. and enjoyed a cookout on the Gally patio at 5 p.m.