She especially liked delivering rice and beans all over the barrios because of the interaction with the children and adults.
“It’s a really amazing experience,” Groleau said.
The young people who volunteer in Nicaragua, she said, “change from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. “Everyone is crying.
“It’s just so eye-opening. They come home and choose to do things, then go out and help people. This one little thing changes the world, down there and here. This is something that is going to change you from the inside.”
HELP AT HOME
Mission Executive Director Sister Debbie Blow credits Groleau with the idea for the vigil.
“After the last mission in February, she said, ‘Sister, you keep saying we’re always being mindful of what the North Country does for us. What if we did a prayer vigil in Plattsburgh as a way of kicking off our 15th year of the mission and, in a sense, thanking and giving back?’”
The idea morphed into something larger as they talked it over — an opportunity for those attending the vigil to help at home by bringing donations for food shelves, STOP Domestic Violence or the Salvation Army.
“We wanted to do something that demonstrated something that a lot of people don’t realize — our volunteers and supporters are very involved in lots of volunteer projects in helping the North Country in a number of ways,” Blow said.
Blow and Groleau focused on areas of the North Country with project connections to the people they serve in Nicaragua.
“For example, feeding the hungry, caring for the children who are the victims of domestic violence,” Blow said.
All are welcome to attend the vigil, she said, to give “support for the local community and the global community.”