Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 3, 2013

Brookwood FCA participates in missions

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Members of the Brookwood School Fellowship of Christian Athletes participated in a two-day "Mission Marathon," working at two locations on Nov. 22-23.

With staff sponsor Amy Stalvey, assisted by science teacher and coach Jarrod Lewis, approximately 30 Brookwood students headed to the Second Harvest Warehouse on Nov. 22 to help organize the food for numerous Thanksgiving Manna Food Drops.

"The kids organized and packaged boxes for neighboring food deliveries and they helped to sort the items for shelf organization," Stalvey explained. "Following our service activity the first day, we returned to Brookwood, where we enjoyed pizza and heard an amazing testimony from John and Tammy Eunice of Valdosta."

The Eunices’ son, James, went duck hunting on Jan. 15, 2011, at Ocean Pond. He subsequently was missing for 17 days until his body was recovered from the pond. His life and death and the search for his body touched numerous lives, and his parents share the story and work to keep James’ memory alive through a scholarship in his name established with the Community Foundation of South Georgia.

The website established in memory of James Eunice says: "The entire community was impacted in ways never thought possible through what happened to James that day, but even more so by what James had done prior to that day. He left a legacy of laughter, faith, and friendship that will never be forgotten by those who knew James and have heard his story."

The FCA members met at Brookwood at 7 a.m. on Nov. 23 to head to Pavo.

"We sponsored our own food drop, followed by five hours of hard labor helping to move the Safe Haven organization from its old location to a new location where the kids worked hard, helping disassemble and assemble shelving and organize their new warehouse and storage," Stalvey said.

Brookwood students in grades 8-12 are required to perform community service hours each year. Many students participate in more than the required number of hours through various service projects in the local community.