The university club, Campus Crusade for Christ, or CRU, recently sponsored an outreach event to benefit the poor and homeless in Baltimore, Md on April 21.
CRU’s service event gave students the chance to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless living in the Inner Harbor and near Lexington Market. The club made 170 sandwiches, and passed them out to the homeless, according to CRU’s president, Paul Farrell.
Farrell said CRU implemented a gospel-centered message while students made the sandwiches and when they passed them out in the city.
The club wanted students to gain appreciation for the homeless and have the chance to make a tangible difference, according to Farrell. CRU hoped students became thankful for the resources they have and understand how fortunate they are
Sophomore Harmony Welsh said she felt as if she really helped someone just by simply making a sandwich, and added that the cause for the event was very strong. Welsh was grateful for the outreach event because it had a deeper meaning for her.
“Overall, the club plans to take steps in action, not only prayer, but outreach and direct solutions to bless those in need,” said Farrell.
CRU was established in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright at UCLA and built a ministry presence in 191 countries, according to its website. The global non-profit has 82,000 students on U.S. college campuses involved with their organization, which includes Stevenson University.
The organization is a caring and passionate community that connects people to Jesus Christ, said Farrell. He added that CRU has made him not only a better leader but a better person too.
CRU is looking for members to help with their causes and implement more outreach events. Farrell said the outreach was very successful, and he could see that many enjoyed it.