BELMONT, N.C. -- For the Belmont Abbey field hockey team, one good deed led to another.
After Homecoming festivities two weeks ago, the team volunteered at Samaritan House in Charlotte, a not-for-profit recuperative care place for people who are homeless and in need of short-term care following a hospital or emergency room stay. Samaritan House emphasizes the gospel values of love, dignity, respect and welcoming inclusion. While Samaritan House is established out of our faith as Christians, it is intended to be a place of healing and hospitality for all persons.
While at Samaritan House, the team engaged with guests of the house and prepared a home-cooked meal for them to enjoy. The team taught guests a team game, zumi zumi, and shared in laughter and stories. The meal prepared by team members consisted of pasta with red sauce, meatballs and salad.
During the visit, the team learned more about the house and about the homeless community in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. After listening to guests at Samaritan House, the team was moved to make more of an impact in our local community by providing help for those facing homelessness. As a result, the team, led by freshman Madison Ensley, organized kits to hand out to the homeless in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. She coordinated with the women's volleyball, women's soccer and softball teams to gain donations of personal hygiene items, snacks, and toiletries.
After Monday's practice, the team returned to the Charlotte area, bringing 89 bags to distribute to those in need.