Missionaries of Charity, Newark NJ

TCA Volunteer Event

 “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” Acts 20:35 Throughout the entire year, our TCA community has been focusing on the idea of getting more involved in our community. The TCA youth group goes to multiple volunteer activities throughout the year and works together to give back to our society.

On Sunday August 4th, Thirty TCA kids and adults volunteered in the Missionaries of Charity, Newark NJ. Missionaries of Charity in Newark serves food for people daily. Food is received through daily donations from benefactors and volunteers.

Our TCA team donated 5 trays of chicken fried rice, 3 trays of spaghetti and meatballs, 3 trays of vegetable salad and 3 trays of fruit salad. Everyone arrived in the morning at around 10 am to set up the kitchen/cafeteria and later served lunch to members of the community. Younger Children prepared the fruit salad bowls.

Not only did enjoy the work, but they also understood the importance of giving back to our society and helping others. Many people showed their excitement about maybe doing similar activities in the future. 

At the end of the event, One of the Mother Teresa Sisters talked to all of us regarding the importance of respecting our parents and being grateful for everything that we have. Worldly possessions are temporary and especially nowadays, we are never satisfied with everything that we have.

Everyone was enthusiastic and ready to help. When it was time to serve the lunch, Mother Teresa Sisters did a prayer, with a bible reading, a homily and a song with the people who came to dine. Then the volunteers prayed for a few minutes to ask God for his assistance to serve the people.

TCA volunteer team served the food to the people. While part of the TCA team served the food, the rest of the team washed the plates and cleaned the kitchen. Once the lunch was over, the team cleaned up the dining room, putting away the chairs and tables, mopping the floor and cleaning the kitchen area. The team participated together and did it with kindness and joy.

However, there are people who have nothing and still need necessities. Additionally, she talked about embracing our culture. Although we have been brought up in the US, we should never forget about our background or our original roots. It’s all a part of our culture and something we should be proud of.

Overall, we all agree that going to the Mother Theresa soup kitchen was a huge eye-opener and that we should continue doing this throughout the year. It is a humbling experience: a lot of people don’t have food and this activity allows us to take the time to stop and think about people who are less fortunate.