Veve Romero, Tom Miller and Joanne Miller of DayBreak Church help sort groceries at the Shalom Center food pantry as part of the annual Scatter Day volunteer event.

What started as an initiative at DayBreak Church involving about 30 people six years ago expanded this year to include three churches and 240 people.

Scatter Day took place last Sunday and the many volunteers fanned out to community organizations in Kenosha, lending a hand and helping in various ways.

“We love to be able to show God’s love to the city,” said coordinator Tommy Larson of DayBreak Church. “We love to give our talents to the city in any way possible.”

It was an amazing effort and too big this year for even a group photo, But the positives were seen in many places.

“It’s a fun way to do outreach in the community,” said Jami Detjens, a social worker at Dayton Care Center, a residential care facility.

While two teams of volunteers went to Dayton Care Center to hold bingo, a cookout and an ice cream social for residents, Detjens, a member of DayBreak Church, went to Nifty Thrifty to help sort goods and other things.

“It had a real positive impact from the residents,” Detjens said after she got to work on Monday. “They were saying, thank you DayBreak.”

This year, members from The Tabernacle and the Acts Family Worship Center joined with DayBreak Church members for Scatter Day.

“I think the churches need to get involved in the community,” said Linda Johnson of The Tabernacle, who was with a group holding a short service, singing and visiting with the elderly at the Crossroads Care Center. “It’s just sharing time with the elderly and encouraging them in their life and struggles.”

The Rev. Britt Windel, who came up with the concept along with his wife, Stacie, said it’s about serving the community.

“We aren’t recreating any wheels, just trying to fuel up these organizations that are already doing great work,” Windel said. “Take the Shalom Center: we get to come in, feed, celebrate, encourage, sing with these folks and provide a meal and an experience beyond their normal day and help them see a brighter future that can be had with every step of their faithfulness.

“We keep our ears to the ground and listen to our family members who serve in the city as well. We all have passion points and we want to help connect that passion with the purpose of showing love and service to the City of Kenosha.”

Scatter Day not only expanded locally this year but it grew around the country. “We are joined by 810 other churches in the country doing the very same thing,” Windel said. . “Hundreds of thousands of people showing God’s love for their city as God has shown great love to them.”

Our community is better with efforts like this, and Scatter Day is among the best. We applaud the churches and volunteers involved this year and look forward to seeing how it expands even more in 2020 and beyond.