Spring Break 2022
Paradise, Ks March 13th-16th
A Spring Break Service Trip to North West Kansas
The Nitty Gritty....
Lodging: We'll be in Lucas, Kansas for Lodging and working around out in the country nearby Paradise, Kansas (20mins away).
Our Job: We don't totally know yet. Could be helping clean up some debris from the fires this past December or rolling up old wire so new fences can be built. We simply said we'd like to help and will try to in whatever way we can.
Cost: Might consider bringing $20-30 for incidentals along the way to and from, other than that, all meals, lodging and a free Tshirt will be provided for everyone.
Need to Bring:
Weather appropriate Work clothes (We'll be outdoors most likely, in the dirt and possibly around a fair amount of ash or fire debris) An extra set of decent School Appropriate Clothes.
A set of Active (Gym-like) clothes
Sleeping Bag & Pillow, Toiletries
(Tooth Brush/Paste, etc)
Bible, Journal & Pen.
Departure: Circleville Christian, Sunday (March 13th) @ 2pm
Return: Circleville Christian, Wednesday (March 16th) by 10 pm
Why NW Kansas?
There are actually several local family connections to folks out that way as well as some folks who travel back this way from out there. We reached out to them when we first heard of the fires. Locally we've also been helping over the past months gather feed, hay and supplies for livestock as well as contributing to several efforts for families who lost their operations.
Lucas, Kansas is a town of around 350 and is known as the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas." From the famed Garden of Eden, to the Largest Souvenir Travel plate, to Bowl Plaza (an amazingly intricate mural that is also a public bathroom) which won the honor of being the 2nd best Public Bathroom in the U.S., don't let it's quirkiness fool you, it is also filled with some of the nicest and most down to earth folks you'll meet in Kansas. (https://lucaskansas.com/)
One of a handful of small towns outside of Lucas and northeast of Russel
Waldo and Luray are a couple more little towns that dot the local landscape. This area is one of the hardest hit by the fires that swept across the plains on one windy night in December taking with it, buildings, cattle, utilities and more before finally being brought under control. The same windy night that many of us remember stepping outside and smelling likely the very same smoke these NW neighbors were witnessing firsthand.