Madison Dodgen, a 6th grader at Flemingsburg Elementary School, recently collected over 1000 cans of food during a food drive she organized on behalf of The Lighthouse Ministries, a Lexington-based charity providing free meals and opportunity to those in need.
The Lighthouse Ministries is a cause dear to Dodgen’s heart, especially since her grandmother, Tay Henderson, is Executive Director of the organization. Dodgen, along with friends, Heather and Cameron, and with the help of their teacher Ms. Singer, organized the food drive as part of a project for STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program.
Dodgen and her friends were surprised when the food drive became a big competition among their classmates and together they counted 1,279 cans of food, which they delivered to The Lighthouse on October 29, 2011. All three plan to return to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at The Lighthouse later this month.
Besides serving a free mid-day meal, The Lighthouse Ministries provides a non-denominational church service open to everyone, each Saturday. These ministries allow the Lighthouse to reach many in need, serving over 2,500 meals each month.