First Missionary Church in Fort Wayne builds folding desks for students in need

A First Missionary Church member got the idea to build folding desks from Good Morning America and soon realized there were students in Fort Wayne who needed desks in their homes.

Posted: Mar 6, 2021 6:22 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2021 2:30 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The First Missionary Church gymnasium roared to life Saturday morning, as volunteers formed an assembly line to build folding desks for elementary students in need.

Coordinator Michael Lough was excited to see so many people contributing to the project.

"Everyone is enjoying working together, and it’s a great feeling," Lough said.

This was all started when a First Missionary Church member got the idea to build folding desks from Good Morning America and soon realized there were students in Fort Wayne who needed desks in their homes.

"So this is part of that initiative that we can partner with our community, help elementary students, help their families learn from home," Lough said.

A Harrison Hill Elementary School case manager identified over 100 families who could use a desk at home, families with which Lough aims to form connections with.

"The relationships that we will be building with the families, that is the critical part," Lough said. "Because we do want them to know we care, and that alone is enough I believe for families.

Church member Kevin Taylor hopes these desks can have a spiritual impact as well.

"You’re able to reach people that wouldn’t hear about God otherwise," Taylor said. "And we’re God’s feet and hands, showing them his love.

Construction started at 8 a.m. Saturday, with volunteers cycling through until around 6 p.m.

First Missionary plans to build a total of 120 folding desks and donate them starting next week.

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