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Middle school students pack meals to send to Africa

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - Students at a school in Lehigh County are taking a couple of hours out of their day for a special Lenten season activity.

The kids at St. Michael the Archangel School in Upper Saucon Township are having fun, but they are also learning a valuable lesson about sacrifice.

"It feels amazing especially with all of this negativity going around in the world today to be able to get together and make people somewhere else happy and give them what they need," said student Joli Lanning.

Students and teachers packed rice, vegetables and protein to send to Africa.

"Most of us don't realize how other people in different countries don't have as much as we do and it's really nice to know that we're helping people," said student Katherine Scheidel.

The middle school children reached their goal of sending 10,000 meals to Africa.

The school partnered with Catholic Relief Services to ship the food to Burkina Faso. People in the African nation suffer from chronic hunger because of drought and flooding.

"It kind of made me a little emotional to be honest with you. We wanted the students to know that they could make an impact," said Marianne Gano, Director of Advancement for the school.

The students made an impact, not from opening up books at the school, but from the kids opening up their hearts.

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