LANCASTER - Sometimes the only thing it takes is a small stuffed animal to put a smile on one's face.
"It felt so nice to do that," Marauder women's soccer player Megan Trujillo said. "The joy in his eyes. I got a little emotional. It brought tears to my eyes."
For the second year in a row the Marauder women's soccer team recently visited St. Vincent de Paul in Lancaster to provide sack lunches, toys, clothes and other personal items to people who are less fortunate in need of assistance. Trujillo brought a stuffed monkey and gave it to a young child, who didn't have any toys to play with.
"He was burping it like it was his own baby. It was so sweet. I didn't think there would be kids there, just older people," Trujillo said. "We (our team) talked about giving back and how we should be united. Some of us talked to some of the people. It felt really nice. It brings us more together. We were already close, but after this experience there was a new bond formed. It was so beautiful. It felt really nice. I want to do this all the time. It's different doing it alone as opposed to your team."
It was the first outreach of the season for the team and it plans on doing many more community outreach efforts in order to "be involved."
"I am extremely proud of the players as they showed great character and care in supporting members of our community," AVC head coach Charles Gordon said. "The team is truly special."
Last year, the team volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul as well as the Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community.
"At first I was really nervous and I wasn't sure that I wanted to go, but once I got there it was an eye opening experience. I realized they are just struggling to live. Even giving just one person a meal is gratifying," AVC's Katie Arnold said. "I would definitely do it again. Next time I'm going to bring clothes and other things."