Sterling residents may have noticed an army of teens armed with rakes, leaf blowers and work gloves making their way through their neighborhoods this weekend.
Roughly 700 volunteers, many of them Park View High School students, spent their Saturday not catching up on sleep but volunteering their time to raise money for local residents in need.
As part of Reston Bible Church’s First Fruits Project, the teens split up into teams and took on odd jobs—including a lot of yard work—and asked for donations in return. In all, the effort brought in more than $43,000, and money is still coming in, according to Laurie Avila, one of the team co-captains.
Saturday evening, the volunteers used the money to buy groceries and other household supplies for families that need extra help, especially during the holiday season.
In the past, money left over from the church’s First Fruits Project has been given to high school students in the form of college scholarships. Learn more about the project at restonbible.org/firstfruits.