Adam Hurd, junior, recently embarked on a five-day service trip to north Florida with Beyond Lynn, an initiative that allows students to give back to the community during spring break.
During this trip, Beyond Lynn assisted in sorting and distributing food for hurricane relief through non-profit Feeding the Gulf Coast. Hurd, a psychology major, heard about this opportunity through the Center for Student Involvement.
“Community does not just mean us at Lynn, but also others around the state, nation and world,” said Hurd. “Helping with Feeding the Gulf Coast gave me and my peers the experience to hear many stories of different people, to understand them as human beings and realize the importance of lending a helping hand.”
Hurd was among five Lynn students and a faculty member involved in the trip. Lynn Beyond sorted and packed more than 10,000 pounds of food and created senior meal boxes that overall weighed more than 4,000 pounds. In addition, the students assisted with hurricane relief by distributing 25,000 pounds of food in total that week.
“Every pound of food we packed served a purpose, and we showed our support through the care taken in packing and distributing the boxes,” said Hurd. “Caring for others takes sacrifice and love for your fellow brother or sister, to go the extra mile for them. I feel that is what our Lynn community is all about.”
Hurd encourages fellow Lynn students to get involved in these trips because of the opportunity to share hope and peace in the world through helping others. For him, the trip opened his eyes to the importance of community and knowing what is happening in surrounding areas.
“We are not just in this world for ourselves,” said Hurd. “We are in this world for others as well.”