Campus Life holds ‘Doughnut Day’

August 31, 2022


Campus Life holds ‘Doughnut Day’

Rosalie Currier | Sturgis Journal

Published 1:23 p.m. ET May 20, 2020

A group of YFC/Campus Life volunteers, wearing masks and gloves, delivered doughnuts throughout St. Joseph County to local youth, to let students know how much they miss them.

Chad VanDosen, a Campus Life staff member, said more than 10 staff members and volunteers delivered the doughnuts.

“They were all volunteers this school year, so they have great relationships with the students,” VanDosen said. “They could see them face-to-face and check in on them.”

The volunteers delivered the treats to more than 200 local teenagers who have attended a YFC/Campus Life event more than once.

Attached to the doughnut bags was a  note: “DONUT you know how much we miss you? Your Campus Life leaders want you to know that you are not alone and we are here for you! You have value and God cares about you. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.”

It was a way to connect with students beyond Facebook and Instagram accounts the staff has been using for online activities, challenges and clubs.

The idea had been in the works for a while, VanDosen said.

“At all times, but especially now, teens are alone and need to know there are people who care about and value them,” he said.

Could a doughnut help a teenager feel loved?

“Absolutely it can—and the smiling faces on the other side of the door proved it,” he said.