In late July, a group of Green Knights headed west toward Buffalo to serve the local community. After an eight-hour road trip, during which the group saw 41 different license plates, the SJR contingent rested before the week got started.
The group was joined by others from Detroit and Cleveland and enjoyed spending time with peers from other areas of the country. All were thankful for air conditioning and hot showers!
During the week, the Green Knights volunteered at Kids of the Kingdom day camp for at-risk children that come from broken homes and families.
SJR's contingent took the campers to an indoor trampoline park and down to the river front. In addition, they explored a local go-kart track and mini golf course.
While it all sounded fun, it was quite a lot of work.
"Some of the children suffer from emotional issues and don’t know how to communicate their excitement or happiness. Some act out because of this," explained Director of Campus Ministry Joe LoGiudice. "Overall, I am proud of the guys for their efforts to get to know their campers each day and care for them as well as help them to have fun in a safe way."
The trip wasn't without some down time and the group took advantage - visiting different parts of the city and stopping by the Erie Canal, a US Navy museum and, of course, checking out Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist!